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Defending life from the moment of conception

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Young girl stands out from the crowd

Posted by Rhoslyn Thomas on 2 September 2014

I received an e-mail about a young school girl in Year 8, who decided to create a petition to draw attention to the plight of the unborn and raise support for the SPUC Education and Research Trust.

Among other things, the Trust funds ARCH (Abortion Recovery Care and Helpline). ARCH is an organisation which offers help for women, men and families to restore their lives and relationships after an abortion experience.

ARCH is committed to exposing the tragedy of abortion in our community and the truth that women deserve better than abortion.

The Education and Research Trust also funds much of SPUC’s educational work, such as:

Bernadette is probably only 12 or 13 years old at most, and yet she is using the means available to her to spread the pro-life message. Standing out from the crowd at that age is hard enough, and yet Bernadette has mustered the courage to defend her unborn brothers and sisters.

It can be easy to forget that the need for spreading the pro-life message and truly converting hearts and minds can never stop until unborn babies are protected by the law and by society at large. No matter what our situation in life, we can always do something.

Consider Ann Farmer, who suffers from ME (Myalgic Encephalomyelitis). Regular readers of the letters section in the Daily Telegraph may recognise her name. Ann makes it her daily mission to ensure she writes at least one letter a day on a pro-life issue before she becomes too exhausted. Some might say it’s not much, but Ann has had such an effect on the letters department at the Telegraph that they contacted her personally to ask her to keep writing!

The Daily Telegraph also mentioned Ann in an article about strong-minded women, saying,

A regular correspondent is Ann Farmer, a strident pro-life campaigner, who writes regularly and eloquently on a variety of weighty issues. One from just last month read: "As a disabled person I feel safer under a law that protects my right to life than a law with safeguards that depend on the mood of the moment – which could be discarded once we got used to killing the vulnerable."

What a witness! The key to Ann’s success, I think, has been consistency. As our opposition consistently chip away at society’s moral standards, so we must consistently stand up to them and be counted. Please contact your local SPUC branch to start leafleting, or collecting names for petitions, or lobbying Parliament for a change in legislation. They are not glamorous activities but it is the little things that make a huge difference when we are consistent and determined.

What is the use of living, if it be not to strive for noble causes and to make this muddled world a better place for those who will live in it after we are gone?
Winston Churchill

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