Our picture, taken on Snowdon on 23 June, shows (from left to right) Anne Fearon, SPUC Crosby, Jim Pennington, Alexandra Hill, Paul Kilbane, James Fearon (14), Michael Hill of SPUC's national executive committee, Ben Hill, Catherine Fearon (14), Carmel Pennington (16) and Bernard Pennington. Higher resolution picture
Pro-life medics are under increasing pressure to take part in abortion against their conscience. A government-endorsed document, entitled Recommended Standards for Sexual Health, has intensified pressure on doctors and nurses and is putting more unborn babies at risk from abortion.
On 23 June, a group of SPUC supporters (including teenagers) scaled Mount Snowdon, Wales' highest peak, to expose this grave injustice against conscientious objection in the medical profession. The event is raising funds for the Society's work and helping sustain its campaign to uphold the rights of pro-life medics and unborn children.
Participants set off at 9.45 am and took the Watkin path, said to be the most difficult, climbing more than 3,000 feet (more than 900 metres) using their hands to help them for the last quarter. At the summit, the clouds cleared to give spectacular views. It rained later, making the descent slippery. The climbers were down at 4.45 pm.
Carmel Pennington has just finished her GCSEs. James and Catherine Fearon are in year nine at Sacred Heart Catholic College, Crosby. Ben Hill is a qualified mountain leader which made him the natural choice to head the expedition. His sister, Alexandra, also loves the outdoors. She is an accomplished horse rider and head girl at a dressage yard in Nottinghamshire.
For more information about Snowdon and the challenge which faced the group, please click here.
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