Friday, 13 June 2014

The Nigerian Pro-Life Anthem thrills me with its directness and innocence

The Nigerian Pro-Life Anthem which my SPUC colleagues and I heard performed last week in Abuja, at the Nigerian Catholic Bishops' Pro-Life and Family Conference, is truly inspiring. It was performed in tribal dress from all over Nigeria.

It covers abortion, euthanasia, embryo research and the homosexual lifestyle. It is a loving affirmation of life and the family and the truth about human sexuality. Its directness and innocence (innocence of the fundamental undermining of authentic human and moral values) may be lost on many people in the West today.



The words of the song are printed below - and you can sing along. In Cardinal John Henry Newman's famous expression: "Heart speaks unto heart": The Nigerian Pro-Life Anthem, in its powerful simplicity and truth, thrilled me.


People in the West need also to reflect deeply on the teaching of Pope St John Paul II. In Evangelium Vitae paragraph 97, he taught that it is an illusion to think that we can build a true culture of human life if we do not offer adolescents and young adults an authentic education in sexuality, and in love, and the whole of life according to their true meaning and in their close interconnection.

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In loving memory of Margaret Ann Harris

Earlier this year, on 18th February, one of SPUC's staunchest supporters, Mrs Margaret Ann Harris, died. May she rest in peace!

Her life-time of work for the Society has been remembered and reflected in a most generous gift of £500 from monies (in lieu of flowers) collected at Margaret Ann's local church. Thus, through Mrs Harris's legacy - that is, her legacy of inspiring others to act to protect the lives of unborn children - a significant gift has been made which enables SPUC to continue our educational and political work in defence of those who cannot defend themselves.

David, her husband, tells me that a lot of the donations made at the church were from people unknown to him. On behalf of SPUC, I thank you all. We will not stop our work until every unborn child enjoys the full protection of the law.

I am sure that many of my readers will join me in prayer for the repose of Margaret's soul and will pray too that God may comfort and strengthen David, her husband, and all their family, at this difficult time.

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Thursday, 12 June 2014

Taxpayers funded almost all abortions in England and Wales in 2013


Paul Tully, SPUC's General Secretary, has published the following statement on the abortion statistics for England and Wales, just published, for 2013:
The abortion statistics for 2013 published for England and Wales today reveal once again a huge toll of child-killing, now almost wholly funded by taxpayers. Over 8 million unborn children have now officially been slaughtered under Britain's iniquitous abortion law, the Abortion Act 1967.

Paul Tully, general secretary of the Society for the Protection of Unborn Children said: "More abortions than ever are now funded by the NHS, and most of them are performed in private clinics by the so-called abortion charities. Nearly 119,000 unborn children were killed in private hospitals in 2013 at taxpayers' expense. A further 62,000 unborn children were killed in NHS hospitals - also at taxpayers' expense.

"Against this backdrop, the encouraging signs in today's figures are very meagre. The abortion rate among under-18s has dropped slightly for the 6th year in succession. At the same time the number of under-18s who conceive and give birth is also dropping.

"In the late 1990s, nearly 60% of babies conceived to girls under 18 were born, rather than aborted. But by 2007, under the Blair government's "Teenage Pregnancy Strategy", one baby was killed for every one born to this age group. The latest figures show that about 52% of babies conceived by under-18s survive to be born.

"Births to teenagers have dropped by about 25% in the past 6 years, while abortions dropped by about 40%."

"Whatever commentators make of these figures, they disguise thousands of individual tragedies like the 13 year-old recently sent for an abortion by judge Sir James Munby, president of the High Court Family Division, despite reports that a psychiatrist told the court that the abortion could worsen the girl's mental state," concluded Mr Tully.

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"We cannot be terrorised" Nigerian archbishop tells abortion lobby

I am still pinching myself whenever I think about my experience of the magnificent bishops who lead the Catholic Church in Nigeria.

At last week's pro-life conference in Abuja, organised by the Nigerian Catholic Bishops' Conference, an official from the Nigerian health department arrived, strolled up to the podium and began to speak. A number of us were quite put out that he appeared to be taking the stage uninvited, with impunity, presenting the health department’s position as “pro-life” and then speaking vaguely about “reproductive health” etc.

After ten or 15 minutes of this, we wondered whether the bishops were being naive in letting him get away with it. Not so! ... as the video of the event I shot shows.

After about 15 minutes the presiding bishop rose to his feet to insist that the health official sit down and to listen to the conference speakers before he intervened any more.


When the health ministry official failed to leave the stage, a lawyer, Sonnie Ekwowusi, came forward and accused the health ministry official of lying about the government’s position.



As my second video, above, shows, he was immediately followed by Theresa Okafor, a member of the Holy See’s delegation at the UN, who told conference delegates that the health official had used ambiguous language in describing the Government's position on life issues. She explained that government and UN bodies interpret the right to “reproductive health” as the right to abortion on demand.

When the health official began to respond, the presiding bishop sternly ordered him to sit down and crossly deplored the health department’s action in sending along an official to lecture the conference and to lecture the Church; next time the bishops hold a pro-life conference, he said, government officials should be there, and should have the respect to listen to what is being said. Then a proper conversation with the government could take place.

At the end of the Conference, Archbishop Kaigama (pictured without a poster below), the president of the Nigerian Catholic Bishops' Conference, said: "We cannot be terrorized into doing anything to diminish life and the family. We don't want an abortion industry in Africa. We want industries which produce food, which builds homes and roads, and other practical things which people need. Someone from the government came to give a lecture. They should have listened. This is not the way it should be!"

Please pray for Archbishop Kaigama and his fellow bishops. They see themselves, rightly, at the centre of the global defence of life, the truth about human sexuality, and moral values.

A few of the bishops who participated in the Nigerian
Catholic Bishops' Pro-Life Conference in Abuja


















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Wednesday, 11 June 2014

Judge orders abortion on girl, 13, with intellect of 7 year old

Sir James Munby
Top story:

Judge orders abortion on girl, 13, with intellect of 7 year old
The High Court in London has approved an abortion in the case of a mentally-impaired teenager. The girl, aged 13, was said to have the intellect of a seven year-old. Sir James Munby, President of the Family Division of the High Court, held that an abortion was in the girl's best interests [Mail, 10 June]

Other stories:

Abortion
  • Planned Parenthood removes letter claiming Bible okays abortion [LifeNews.com, 9 June]
  • Thug attacked girlfriend to abort their unborn baby [Mail, 9 June]
  • Police use draconian 'riot law' to break up pro-life vigil outside abortion clinic [Mail, 7 June]
  • Russian Orthodox believers collect 100,000 signatures against abortion [Interfax, 29 May]
Embryology
  • Robert Winston: my research could open door to 'risky' eugenics [Telegraph, 6 June]
  • Three-parent embryo technique flouts global ethics says SPUC [SPUC, 4 June]
Euthanasia
Population
General
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Tuesday, 10 June 2014

Bishop of Oyo leads Nigerian bishops' pro-life conference in song

Enjoy a brief glimpse of the sense of togetherness between the bishops and their people in the pro-life battle, expressed in song and followed by dance, which SPUC's team of speakers experienced at the Nigerian bishops' pro-life conference in Abuja last week.



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