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UK midwives revolt following abortion announcement

Children should be safe in the hands of midwives

The Chief Executive of the Royal College of Midwives (RCM) is facing calls to resign after announcing that the organisation supported the removal of the 24 week time limit for abortions in the UK.  Cathy Marwick has caused consternation among RCM members, many of whom have signed an online petition seeking to distance themselves from the RCM’s stance.  They have also accused her of failing to consult on the issue. 


Marwick, who is the chair of the UK’s biggest abortion provider BPAS (British Pregnancy Advisory Service), has not surprisingly been accused of a conflict of interest given her two roles.

Pro-life? Then choose your charities carefully...

 
Comic Relief's support of abortion is well documented and has been an ongoing topic of concern for a number of years among pro-life advocates.  Another charity well known for its abortion links is, rather ironically, Save the Children.
 
But did you know that Barnardos recommends Marie Stopes on its 'links' page or that Childline promotes abortion as a 'legitimate choice'?  Did you know that the British Heart Foundation has assisted in raising £12m for stem cell research?

Crucial Vote on Three Parent Embryos - it's our last chance to have a say

 
Please read the following text from John Deighan of the Catholic Parliamentary Office and please click the links to contact a House of Lords peer and also add your name to the petition. 
 
This proposed new legislation, along with abortion and euthanasia, will mean the eradication of disabled people from our society.  Such a process is completely wrong and is inequality at its evil best.
 
 
Here is what John Deighan has to say:
 
The promotion of three-parent embryos has been based on compassion for victims of genetic disorders.

A Family Never Forgets its Children - a real opportunity for post-abortive healing

 
There are some fascinating facts about pregnancy which, if more widely known, could provide help and healing for countless people affected by abortion.
 
Fetal cell microchimerism is not particularly well known yet it is a medically accepted biological process.  Essentially, it means that a mother carries cells from every child she ever conceives.  Therefore, a mother has biological knowledge of every one of her children, even if they are aborted or miscarried.
 

MP's vote to legislate for three parent babies

Westminster has today voted to allow for three parent babies in the UK.  The vote, in the House of Commons, was by a majority of 382 to 182.
 
The matter will now go to the House of Lords where it will be further debated.
 
Keep praying that all life will be protected, including the most vulnerable in society.  It is the most vulnerable who appear to be at greatest risk, and who are being pushed further and further into the margins of society.

Why the artificial creation of three parent babies is so wrong

 
Later today, the UK Parliament will vote on whether to introduce laws to allow the creation of 'three parent babies'.  It is a move that must be resisted for a number of reasons and it is sincerely hoped that MP's will vote overwhelmingly against allowing the procedure.
 
While proponents argue that it will help root out certain conditions, including some disabilities, we should not be fooled into thinking this is a simple exercise in making the human race better.
 

Pro-Life Campaign Appeals to the EU Court after EU Commission’s ‘Undemocratic’ Veto

 
The One of Us campaign has appealed to the EU Court after its petition - backed by a record 2 million EU citizens – was vetoed by the European Commission in May.
 
The petition, calling for an end to European funding of research that destroys human embryos, became the largest petition in European history and easily met the minimum EU criteria of 1 million signatures to allow it to be considered by the Commission.  However, the Commission rejected the petition by utilising its veto, something it had never before done with a petition of such magnitude.

Evangelii Gaudium: Pope Francis on Science

 
Pope Francis on Science:
 
‘The Church has no wish to hold back the marvellous progress of science. On the contrary, she rejoices and even delights in acknowledging the enormous potential that God has given to the human mind. Whenever the sciences – rigorously focused on their specific field of inquiry – arrive at a conclusion which reason cannot refute, faith does not contradict it.
 
At times some scientists have exceeded the limits of their scientific competence by making certain statements or claims.

Over 1.8 million European signatures secured, it's now time for the One of Us campaign to engage with the European Institutions

 
Following the incredible total of over 1.8 million signatories to the One of Us campaign the coordinators of the initiative met in Krakow, Poland to discuss their next moves.
 
The group will now develop a charter which they hope will serve as a starting point for the launching of a European Federation that can embrace all the organisations working in the defence of human life in the European Union.
 
There must also be a public hearing on the issues raised by the initiative and this will be organised by the European Commission in due course, most likely by the end of February 2014.

European Parliament Rejects Vote on whether Abortion is to be Considered a Human Right

 
A crucial European Parliament vote on whether or not abortion can be considered a human right has been rejected and the matter returned to committee for further consideration.
 
We reported last night that this could be a crucial vote and that – should the motion have been approved – would have meant abortion could be classed as a human right across the European Union.  Thankfully, and by the grace of God, 351 MEP’s voted to return the resolution to committee whilst 319 had voted against.
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