Wednesday, December 31, 2008

The privilege of a peaceful death

I use the word privilege with a certain trepidation here because a peaceful and natural death should not be merely a privilege in an affluent country that can afford decent medical and palliative care for its citizens. Earlier this month, after 28 years in a coma, a 76-year-old woman, Martha von Bulow, died at her New York nursing home. The cause of her collapse in 1980 was the subject of a number of sensational court cases and a Hollywood film, with her husband convicted first and then acquitted at a second trial, of trying to murder her using insulin injections.

She never regained consciousness and was diagnosed as being in a Persistent Vegetative State, but unlike Terri Schiavo, she was cared for until her death and nobody succeeded in having her starved to death with the blessing of the media. Caring for a vulnerable person (and there is no one more vulnerable than a person in a coma) should be regarded as a loving duty but in a society where human life is held cheap, there is little love and little sense of duty. As Ghandi said, the measure of a civilised society is how it treats its weakest members.

Monday, December 29, 2008

Courageous Act of Witness

Meet Kathleen O'Neill, a courageous 13-year-old from Scotland who took part in a silent act of witness for the unborn at her school. The Pro Life Day of Silent Solidarity is popular in the United States but is much less known in Britain and Kathleen was the only person in her school to wear the armband labelled 'life' and to hand out fliers explaining why she was remaining silent for the day.

I was interested to read in her account how supportive her teachers and fellow-pupils were about the stand she took. A certain FPA DVD I could mention, tries to give the impression that young people, particularly young women, are uniformally pro-abortion, but this is simply not the case. It is true that young people are being influenced by a largely pro-abortion media but it is also true that if a person has not yet been politicised, the inherent injustice of abortion is plain to see. We should not be discouraged from taking the pro-life message into schools and colleges where young people are still open-minded enough to listen.

Saturday, December 27, 2008

You forgot to mention Love

This feature by a journalist who has a disabled son, came hot on the heels of an article which argued that women pretty much have a social duty to abort if they discover that their baby may have a disability. She describes this attitude as "the purest form of eugenics: it is Nazi doctrine", a point of which we in the pro-life movement have always been aware. The passage that really struck me was her point about love:

Still, let’s be generous: it is expensive and it is hard and your world-view shifts and sometimes you cry. What Marrin seems unable to grasp is that these things – time, stress, expense, anxiety, tears – are sacrifices that parents are happy to make because they love their children. There is no mention of love in the 1,050 words of her column, nor of hope or faith or compassion or even kindness.

It is a pity that India Knight undermines her otherwise powerful article by describing abortion - including eugenic abortion - as a 'powerful, subjective choice' all women should have. What happened to love, India?

Thursday, December 25, 2008

Happy Christmas

May I take this opportunity to wish you and your loved ones a happy Christmas and a blessed New Year.

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Baby found in manger

The Curt Jester carries the story of a German priest who was astonished to discover a newborn baby in the manger of the nativity scene he had recently put up in his church. He took care of the baby until an ambulance arrived and the little one is doing well at a local hospital. The mother turned out to be a Romanian woman who left the baby in the church in the hope that someone would be able to take better care of him.

The priest said that the parish was ready to help the lady and that she must be in a very difficult situation, but that she needs to be left in peace whilst she decides what to do.

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Ho Ho Ho, have a condom

Durex is advertising its products this year by sending men out dressed as Santa Claus to hand out condoms to Toronto shoppers. Suresh Dominic of Campaign Life described the stunt as 'deeply saddening' and 'offensive in the extreme.'

I would go further than that, it is not only deeply offensive it could be harmful to innocent children in an age when we are supposed to be more aware than ever of the need to protect children. Santa Claus is a figure associated with childhood and whether or not these people are handing out condoms exclusively to adults, it is impossible to avoid the implications of Durex using a children's icon to promote sexual activity. Whilst I do not expect they will do so, Durex should cancel this tasteless and dangerous stunt immediately, to protect children if nothing else.

Monday, December 22, 2008

The real story behind suicide

There has been much comment about the recent decision to broadcast a man committing suicide courtesy of Dignitas. A story that has received rather less attention was another filmed suicide, that of a young, depressed man whose suicide was filmed live on the internet. The teenager took an overdose, egged on by people posting comments telling him to get on with it and police were only called by some concerned viewers after he collapsed. The streaming video stopped after police and paramedics broke into his house.

One comment urging him to end his life read: "You want to kill yourself? Do it, do the world a favour and stop wasting our time with your mindless self-pity."

This tragedy shows the real story behind suicide, what may drive a person to end their life and what it involves. At the heart of such an act lies loneliness and despair, not compassion. The lies the euthanasia movement tout fall apart when people are confronted with this ugly reality, so far removed from love, dignity and personal autonomy that it is almost obscene to use such language in this context. Commentators who self-righteously claimed in defence of the assisted-suicide documentary that people need to 'get to grips' with the reality of suicide may have a point. The public need to lose the sentimental image the euthanasia movement has given to suicide, of a person dying peacefully and contentedly in the arms of a loved one. They need to see suicide for the unbearable tragedy it is.

Sunday, December 21, 2008

Mosher and the Huffington Post

Steve Mosher has responded to a rabid attack on the Population Research Institute by the Huffington Post, which accuses pro-lifers of being liars and PRI of 'swirly-eyed lunacy', whatever that is supposed to mean. Judging by the hysterical tone of the original article and the bizarre rant some anonymous individual has left in the combox attached to this YouTube clip, one can only assume the abortion lobby has finally run out of straw man arguments and decided to focus entirely on gratuitous insult as a way of making their case.

Saturday, December 20, 2008

Colonialism disguised as Aid

Aid to the Church in Need has criticised western aid agencies operating in Africa for importing their own ideologies regarding sexuality and family life to the continent, with little respect shown for the pro-family and pro-life values at the heart of many African countries. Christine du Coudray of ACN, who has recently returned from a fact-finding trip to Africa, praised African Family Life Federation for its work in support of families and the building of a culture of life in Africa.

Friday, December 19, 2008

More PP child abuse cover-ups

Standing on my head reports another undercover video exposing Planned Parenthood counsellors covering up a report of statutory rape. This is another investigation by the Mona Lisa Project, in which a student posing as a 13-year-old claims to have had sex with a 31-year-old. As in the previous video, Planned Parenthood staff state that they do not care how old the father of the child is and help the girl evade the parental consent laws of Indiana.

Planned Parenthood reacted to the previous evidence of a cover up by firing the member of staff involved and trying to give the impression that this was an isolated case breaching PP's 'strict policies' on the subject, but this video makes it fairly obvious that ignoring statutory rape is routine in PP facilities as is flouting state parental notification laws.

Thursday, December 18, 2008

HPV Vaccine hits the headlines again

The controversial vaccine against cervical cancer has hit the headlines again with a woman claiming her 12-year-old daughter became paralysed after receiving the injection. Doctors and health officials are denying that Ashleigh Cave's collapse and subsequent paralysis have anything to do with the Cervarix vaccine (similar to Gardasil) but the cause of her illness has not been identified and critics argue that the five-year pilot study was too short to ensure the safety of the drug.

Jackie Fletcher of Jabs, an organisation campaigning against the use of this vaccine, stated: "We should halt the HPV vaccine programme in the UK until we get to the bottom of whether this poor girl's paralysis was caused by the vaccine or not."

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

So Misunderstood

In spite of an avalanche of protests, Cherie Blair gave her talk at the Pontifical University of St Thomas Aquinas (the Angelicum)and was warmly received by the members of that institution.

Fr. Bruce Williams, a professor of moral theology at the Angelicum, publicly supported her, saying from the floor: "It was crystal clear to me at least that you see abortion as morally repugnant and that you are in line with the teaching of the Church.” He added: "the way you came across was decisively contrary to the way you have been pictured recently by a number of websites that describe you as pro-abortion and anti-family and which protested against our university giving you a platform. What you have just said inclines me all the more to think that those accusations were at the very best rash, if not outright calumnious, and I regret that you were subjected to that.”

Poor Cherie, subjected to the calumnies of pro-life organisations and bloggers. Just to make things crystal clear for those of us who have apparently misunderstood Mrs Blair's position; how did a person who finds abortion 'morally repugnant' come to lend her (public) support to International Planned Parenthood, the FPA and CEDAW?

Tuesday, December 16, 2008


Further to my last post, please consider adding your name to this petition in support of the Grand Duke's stand against euthanasia.

It profits a man nothing... sell his soul for the whole world, but for Luxembourg?

Grand Duke Henri, Luxembourg's monarch, has agreed to be stripped of his power to veto laws after refusing to give his consent to a law permitting euthanasia. This is a courageous stand by a man of principle and an inspiration to the pro-life movement at a terrible moment for Europe, when yet another country is turning its back on its vulnerable citizens.

This is not the first time a monarch has made such a stand. In 1990, the King of Belgium refused to sign abortion into law and abdicated temporarily. There was a facebook petition asking the Queen of England not to sign the HFE bill into law, to no avail.

Monday, December 15, 2008

The Irish Government has betrayed its people

This press statement was released by Declan Ganley and Jens-Peter Bonde last week. The Irish Government's failure to respect the wishes of the electorate is not just a betrayal of those who rejected the Lisbon Treaty but a betrayal of Ireland's hard-won democracy.

Thursday 11 December 2008 @ 09:13 CET

EUOBSERVER / COMMENT - The French president yesterday told the group leaders of the European parliament that he has made a deal with the Irish government to hold a second referendum in Ireland to ratify the Lisbon treaty first rejected on 12 June by 53 percent of Irish voters.

None of the representatives of the Irish people who voted No to the Lisbon Treaty were consulted by the Irish government before they struck a deal with the French Presidency. The Irish government has simply ignored the result of the referendum and betrayed those people who voted No in the majority. Government ministers, including the prime minister, have been urging other countries to "isolate" Ireland by ratifying the treaties so the Irish could sweat it out and then change their mind.

And what do they deliver as concessions to the Irish voters? Not one single word to be changed in the treaty that was also rejected by the French and Dutch voters in referendums in 2005 when it went under the name of "Constitution".

Not one word or legal obligation will be changed. The same content will simply be put in a new envelope, just as Valery Giscard d'Estaing said about the change from the Constitution to the Lisbon Treaty. But this time, not even the headline or the wording will be changed. It is the same text that was rejected.

It is legally doubtful if it is possible to repeat a binding referendum on the same text in the same parliamentary period.

In the new envelope, there will be a lot of nice words in Declarations. They have not the slightest legal value. They will neither change anything in the treaties nor hinder the court in Luxembourg from deciding directly against whatever the Declarations say.

Then, they will have the promise of a commissioner from each member state. Fine. But the Irish commissioner will be picked by a majority of prime ministers and presidents in the EU. The Irish government can come up with "suggestions", but other member states decide.

It would indeed be a concession if they were change the treaty and allow every member state to elect its own commissioner, and it would be democratic progress if we could elect our commissioner in direct elections together with the elections to the European Parliament.

The Irish government has simply given in and will not even insist on the right of Ireland to nominate its own commissioner.

Declan Ganley is president of Libertas and Jens-Peter Bonde is president of the EU Democrats and a member of the European Parliament from 1979-2008

Sunday, December 14, 2008

New Vatican Document

In a new document, entitled Dignitas Personae, the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith has re-iterated the ethical unacceptability of IVF. John Smeaton's blog carries a full review of the document by Dr John Fleming, a bioethicist and corresponding member of the Pontifical Academy for Life.

This is a much-needed clarification of the Church's teaching at a time when very few people understand the moral implications of IVF and the catastrophic loss of early human life caused by the procedure.

Saturday, December 13, 2008

70-year-old gives birth

A woman old enough to be a great-grandmother has given birth to a baby girl after conceiving through IVF and become the world's oldest mother. Rajo Devi, from the Haryan province of India, is apparently not worried about what will happen to the child when she and her 72-year-old husband die - almost certainly before the child reaches adulthood. They have an extended family who will look after her.

This may be the case, but there is no getting round the fact that two elderly people have deliberately created and brought into the world a child neither of them will be able to love and support into adult life.

The newspaper report is entirely positive, with the doctor who performed the ICSI procedure, a Dr Anurag Bishnoi, talking excitedly about how IVF has revolutionised the way we see fertility. It certainly has. It has turned children into goods to be created or discarded and allowed adults to indulge their selfish and unethical desires. We have nothing to be proud of.

Friday, December 12, 2008

Assisted Suicide Documentary

SPUC has criticised a decision by Sky to broadcast a documentary showing an assisted suicide at a Dignitas clinic. The documentary appears to be part of a much broader campaign to change public opinion on assisted suicide and has been treated sympathetically by most media outlets.

However, as Anthony Ozimic of SPUC states in a press release:

"We are concerned that focusing upon one particular case will have a disproportionate effect upon the debate on assisted suicide, skewing viewer's perceptions. Many people, including patients themselves, often don't know that palliative care is highly successful in alleviating the symptoms of motor neurone disease. Craig Ewert's fears about his quality of life and the effect on his family could have been properly addressed with correct medical advice and full personal support. We fear the documentary will obscure the broader issues of how allowing assisted suicide devalues human life and endangers the vulnerable.

"Many terminally ill and disabled people, and the vast majority of medical professionals, are opposed to legalising assisted suicide. Assisted suicide sends a message to the terminally ill that caring for them is a waste of time, that their lives are no longer worth living and that they are better off dead.

"Assisted suicide also sends a message that no one really has dignity unless they have the option to be poisoned. Killing is not a valid answer to human suffering or a perceived loss of dignity. Every human being has equal and absolute dignity simply by being human. Assisted suicide makes a mockery of our laws on equality."

Thursday, December 11, 2008

Grave concern at creation of a new EU network of independent experts

We reported in a recent newsletter that pro-life and pro-family groups have expressed grave concern at the appointment by the EU Fundamental Rights Agency (FRA) of a new network of independent experts known as FRALEX. We have prepared a review of the issues surrounding this new panel of experts and its implications.

Controversial political agendas can be pushed through more easily if public debate is not allowed to take place. One strategy to avoid debate consists in pretending that decisions have already been taken long ago so that they cannot be questioned any more, or that they are pre-determined by high-ranking obligations that are binding on the policy makers. The reference to ‘Human Rights’ requirements plays a key role in this strategy, given that neither States nor individuals want to be seen as opposing the implementation of high human rights standards.

It is in this way that certain pressure groups attempt to impose on society a new ideology that is radically opposed to traditional concepts of marriage, the family, human dignity, and the right to life. They pretend that International Human Rights Law obliges States to legalize abortion and same-sex marriage. The present dossier provides information on how a small group of ‘experts’ called ‘FRALEX’, aka ‘The EU Network of Experts for Fundamental Rights’ promotes abortion and homosexuality by providing biased ‘expertise’ to complicit EU institutions.

The complete review together with related documents can be accessed as PDF's on the European Life Network website
We also published a related article in June

President Klaus of the Czech Republic verbally abused by Members of the European Parliament

A meeting took place on Friday (5 December) in Prague Castle between Czech President Vaclav Klaus and a delegation of MEPs in advance of the Czech Republic taking over the presidency of the EU in January. Two of the MEP’s were verbally abusive to President Klaus for his opposition to the Lisbon treaty and his friendship with Irish No campaigner Declan Ganley. See also EU

Green MEP Daniel Cohn-Bendit formerly known as “Danny the Red", told President Klaus" I don't care about your opinions on [the Lisbon treaty]. I want to know what you will do if both the Czech Chamber of Deputies and the Senate approve it. Will you respect the will of the people's representatives? You will have to sign it."
Cohn-Bendit also called on the Czech president to explain the level of his relations with Declan Ganley, the founder of the Ireland's Libertas group, which was formed to fight the Lisbon treaty. "A man in your position is not supposed to meet him," he said, citing "unclear" and "problematic" funding of Mr Ganley's political activities.

President Klaus responded by saying that nobody had talked to him in such a way in the six years since he was elected president, calling the conversation "unprecedented." "You are not on the Paris barricades here," he told Bendit referring to the Green leader's past as protester in Paris in 1968. "I thought that these practices had ended for us 19 years ago. I see I was wrong. I would not dare to ask how the Greens' activities are funded," Mr Klaus said.

Irish MEP Brian Crowley (UEN and Fianna Fail) told Mr Klaus he was offending Ireland. "By meeting [Mr] Ganley, you insulted the Irish people. That man has failed to [disclose] the funding of his campaign. It is an insult to meet someone without a mandate. I just want to inform you how the Irish feel," Mr Crowley said.

Mr Klaus responded to the attacks by thanking the MEP's for the experience which he gained from the meeting. In a clear reference to the the experience of the Czech Republic under Communist rule, he said "I did not think anything like this is possible and have not experienced anything like this for the past 19 years. I thought it was a matter of the past, that we live in democracy, but it is post-democracy, really, which rules the EU. You mentioned the European values. The most important value is freedom and democracy. The citizens of the EU member states are concerned about freedom and democracy, above all. But democracy and freedom are losing ground in the EU today. It is necessary to strive for them and fight for them.

Referring to Brian Crowley’s attack on him President Klaus said the biggest insult to the Irish is the refusal to accept their vote in the referendum. "I met someone representing a majority view in Ireland, while you, Mr Crowley, represent a minority opinion. That is the tangible result of the referendum," he said, which resulted in a further tirade from Brian Crowley who told him. "You will not tell me what the Irish think. As an Irishman, I know it best".

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Conflicts of interest

If research funded by the tobacco industry just happened to come to the conclusion that smoking carried no serious health risks, would you be just a teensy weensy bit sceptical? Me too. I might just be of the opinion that they had a vested interest in ensuring people lit up as often as possible.

That being the case, it is a little odd that the usually sceptical press have not picked up on the fact that a study claiming that women who have abortions do not suffer adverse psychological effects was funded by Planned Parenthood. One of its authors also just happens to be a former member of the Alan Guttmacher Institute's board of directors (the research arm of Planned Parenthood) and is heavily involved with the abortion industry.

But the press is quite selective about what it chooses to be sceptical about and the ulterior motives behind this latest piece of junk science are unlikely to be questioned very publicly. In the meantime, women will continue to be lied to by the abortion industry in the name of choice and will continue to suffer the consequences.

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Planned Parenthood covers up rape

This undercover film, made by the Mona Lisa Project, clears shows a Planned Parenthood nurse in Indiana covering up the statutory rape of a patient who claimed to be 13 and pregnant by a 31-year-old. The nurse is shown repeatedly saying that she doesn't want to know the age of the man involved and that she will not tell the authorities even though she is legally obliged to do so. She then gives the girl a cover story - that her boyfriend is a teenager - and shows her how to obtain an abortion in another state to avoid Indiana parental consent laws.

The nurse has been suspended pending a full investigation, but this is just one of many videos the Mona Lisa Project made during its investigations earlier in the year.

Monday, December 8, 2008

Pro-life pharmacist racially attacked

A man has been convicted of racially abusing a Muslim pharmacist who refused to sell him and his partner a morning after pill. According to the prosecution, Chris Mellett shouted: “United Kingdom, Great Britain, not for people like you!" and “Shut your ******* mouth you black ******* you don’t know what you’re talking about.”

The comments in the combox are varied but generally side with the racist rather than the pharmacist who committed the apparently un-British crime of sticking to his principles. Even the article itself puts the word 'ethical' in inverted commas when reporting the pharmacist's refusal to dispense the abortifacient drug on ethical grounds. It says something for the way the UK is going that a racist is regarded with more sympathy than a pro-lifer, but at least the law could see who the real criminal was.

Sunday, December 7, 2008

Murder by any other name...

A man who was convicted of two murders after he killed a woman who was eight months' pregnant, failed to convince a Texan court that only religious people believe life begins at conception, according to a news report.

Interestingly, though, Jacob Eguia has a point when he says that if he is guilty of murder for killing an unborn child, so are abortionists who do this for a living. State law gets around this awkward state of affairs by making an exception for abortion, but giving abortionists a get-out clause only renders the law more absurd. Since the state recognises that human beings have the right to legal protection from the moment of conception, how can it allow human beings to be butchered simply because the person committing the act of killing is a doctor and the murder scene is a clinic?

The core issue in this case is that of personhood, the court found that personhood begins at conception. Over the cunturies the issue of personhood has been used by elites to deny the humanity of a person, a group or even an entire race. It was on the basis of denial of personhood that hundreds of thousands of men and women of African origin were kidnapped, transported and forcibly enslaved in the colonies. Women in past centuries have also been treated as non persons. In this age it is the turn of the unborn baby to be treated as non persons in order to establish the radical feminist dream of a so called "right" to abortion. This decision is therefore a vitally important step in the articulation of the rights of babies before birth and because of this will undoubtedly be challenged.

Saturday, December 6, 2008

More on Children as Commodities

A couple of days ago, I mentioned the disturbing phenomenon of people who think they can buy anything, including IVF babies of their preferred sex.

Just to confirm my worst suspicions about the Brave New World society we live in, in which children are valued only as far as they satisfy the needs of adults, LifeSite reports a couple facing jail for selling their baby on Ebay. The couple from Belgium, sold the baby for an undisclosed sum to a Dutch couple to whom they handed the baby in a hospital car park.

According to the report, this is not the first incident involving the online sale of a baby, with another case in America earlier in the year involving a newborn baby being advertised for $10,000.

The Catholic Church warned in Donum Vitae that this sort of behaviour would be the inevitable consequence of the "dynamic of violence and domination" so characteristic of abortion and IVF. The document states:
“The abortion-mentality which has made this procedure possible...leads, whether one wants it or not, to man's domination over the life and death of his fellow human beings and can lead to a system of radical eugenics.”

“The child is not an object to which one has a right, nor can he be considered as an object of ownership: rather, a child is a gift, ‘the supreme gift.’”

Friday, December 5, 2008

Heroic Malta firmly pro-life

I have long felt a strong admiration for the tiny Mediterranean island of Malta. I have hardly had much choice on the matter, with a Maltese colleague regaling me with stories of Malta's heroism, from standing firm against the mighty Suleiman's fleet in 1565 to surviving the Nazi air attacks and submarine blockade during the Second World War.

My affection for Malta only increased the other day, when I read that a new telephone survey of the Maltese people has found them to be overwhelmingly opposed to abortion across the political spectrum. Now we just have to remind the abortion lobby to respect democracy. That means you, Rebecca Gomperts with your abortion ship and your insulting, colonial attitude to people who believe in protecting life. That means you, Myria Vassiliadou, lamenting the 'terrible situation in Malta' whilst in the same meeting speaking of the need to focus on 'democracy.' If any of these people were worthy of their liberal credentials, they would stop trying to interfere with the laws of democratic nations and re-examine their own deplorable lack of respect for both human life and democracy.

On a more cautionary note, however, the survey does serve as a warning to pro-life groups of the need for education. The small minority who were in favour of abortion, cited either rape and incest or threat to the mother's life as reasons. As Malta's Gift of Life stated: "We believe that when people understand the facts about these two delicate issues, that many would change their minds even about abortion in these cases."

Thursday, December 4, 2008

FPA DVD for schoolchildren is a glorified advertisement for abortion

Fiorella Nash has sent me the following review:

"The Family Planning Association (FPA) in the UK has produced a DVD entitled Why Abortion?, intended for schoolchildren as young as 14. In some respects it contains few surprises. The scenarios used in the DVD are intended to portray abortion as a sensible, altruistic decision, whilst the arguments against abortion are not mentioned at all. Pro-lifers are demonised as angry, sneering individuals who wave banners displaying the word 'Murderers', or who accuse their friends of being murderers when they announce that they have had an abortion. An accompanying leaflet claims that 'in countries where abortion is legal, some individuals and groups violently oppose abortion. 'In one scenario, a religious girl who has always been pro-life declares to her pro-life boyfriend: 'It’s not about beliefs and ideals any more, it’s about realities. I just don’t want this baby', whilst the group of teenage commentators argue that 'churches shouldn’t moralise or dictate', 'no matter what your religion you have to do what’s right for you' and 'you never know how you’re going to feel about something like this until it happens.'

"Pro-life doctors come off worst of all. Young people are asked: 'Some doctors and nurses are anti-choice. Is it okay for them to promote their personal, moral viewpoints?' Not one of the teenagers in the scripted discussion supports the pro-life position. The reasons why doctors refuse to be involved with abortion are not explained. Women are encouraged to check the views of doctors beforehand and 'vote with their feet.'

"Young people are warned about pro-life counselling services. The DVD is peppered with the usual arguments for abortion, backstreet abortion (see some counter-arguments here), a woman’s right to choose etc, with no attempt being made at all throughout the DVD to confront the real moral arguments surrounding abortion. Prenatal development is not mentioned once, and the potential risk of breast cancer and post-abortion trauma are dismissed as 'myths', as is the fact that so-called emergency contraception is abortifacient.

"Most insidiously, the DVD was developed in Northern Ireland, and the teenage commentators are clearly based in Northern Ireland to give the impression that the people of Northern Ireland want the Abortion Act extended there, when the reality is completely different. The lack of abortion on demand in Northern Ireland is portrayed as a crass injustice, rather than the will of the people to protect life.

"This so-called resource contains information on private abortion facilities such as BPAS, which constitutes little more than product placement in the classroom. In an all-too characteristic display of hypocrisy, this glorified advertising campaign for abortion is dressed up as 'balanced and accurate information' designed 'to contribute to a more open and less judgemental debate'. Parents must fight this DVD being shown at their children’s schools as a matter of urgency."

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Exposing UNFPA

One of Barack Obama's many promises to the abortion lobby during his presidential campaign was that he will resume US Funding of the UNFPA.

The US government has refused to fund the UNFPA for seven years because of its abysmal human rights records, particularly in China where it has colluded with abuses against women including forced sterilisation and forced abortion.

Population Research Institute is urging people to watch their YouTube video on UNFPA and to circulate it as far as possible to raise awareness of UNFPA's disgraceful record.

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Children as Commodities

An incredibly depressing article cited at Monstrous Regiment of Women on women who marry for money and status, then leave their husbands for other rich men as soon as they lose their jobs.

One case mentioned in the article which has not (I think) been picked up by other commentators, is the story of the couple who paid a fortune to have identical twin boys through IVF, joking that they would have sent them back if they had been girls. In our shallow, status-obsessed world, IVF has pushed the boundaries of materialism so far that even children become commodities who can be custom-made for the right price.

Monday, December 1, 2008

BPAS - stop insulting women!

St John Valdosta, a blog I had never come across before today, has more news on the tasteful and respectful manner in which the abortion lobby is abusing Christmas. BPAS has come up with the above poster, which tells you pretty much everything you need to know about BPAS's pretences at respecting women and taking them seriously.

As Anthony Ozimic of SPUC put it:
"It will encourage men to see females as sex objects, who can be exploited without responsibility for the consequences. The morning-after pill's promoters share in the abuse of women by misleading them about its potential effect, which, the manufacturers concede, may include causing an early abortion."