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SPUC criticises Obama Nobel Peace Prize award

12 October 2009

SPUC has criticised the awarding of the Nobel Peace Prize to Barack Obama, the American president. John Smeaton, SPUC director, said: "This is the same Barack Obama, one of whose first actions as president was to sign an order to abort the world's poor. I am sorely tempted to believe that if she was alive today, Mother Teresa would return her Nobel Prize at the award to Barack Obama, 'The Abortion President'." [John Smeaton, 9 October] Pro-life leaders have also criticised the Vatican's spokesman for welcoming the award to Mr Obama. Fr Federico Lombardi, the spokesman, said the award to Mr Obama "was greeted with appreciation at the Vatican". An anonymous pro-lifer leader said: "If Obama was good on international peace and nuclear disarmament but favored the killing of Jews, it's not likely he would get either the Noble Peace Prize or be praised by the Vatican." [, 9 October]

A daughter has saved her mother from death on the Liverpool Care Pathway and under the Mental Capacity Act. Hazel Fenton, 80, had been admitted to hospital with pneumonia and was denied food and fluids. Christine Ball, her daughter, said she had to fight hospital staff for weeks until her mother was given sustenance. Miss Ball said that the policy in force "really is a subterfuge for legalised euthanasia of the elderly on the NHS." [Telegraph, 11 October]

Adult stem cells have been used to make a jawbone joint. Scientists from Columbia university, America, used bone marrow cells. Wesley J. Smith, the American bioethicist, commented: "We can look forward to a remarkable future for regenerative medicine utilizing fully ethical approaches." [Wesley J. Smith, 12 October]

Other stories:

Pro-abortion New York Times newspaper publishes pictures of aborted foetuses [Jill Stanek, 10 October]

African synod issues further warnings of anti-life Western influences [, 9 October]

South Korean campaign to help single unmarried women keep their babies [Medical News Today, 9 October]

Men who murdered woman who refused abortion jailed [, 9 October]

Mexican group funded by Canadian Catholic bishops lobbies for abortion [, 9 October]

Amendment to UN resolution helps stop abortion push [Pat Buckley, 10 October]

New fertility monitor helps couples conceive without IVF [Medical News Today, 11 October]

Teens who agree to sexual health tests to be given alcohol tokens [Daily Mail, 10 October]

Healthy baby born in Germany to woman in coma [STV, 9 October]

Daughter saved mother from death on the Liverpool Care Pathway and under the Mental Capacity Act [Telegraph, 11 October]

Coroner clarifies verdict in Wooltorton suicide [Norwich Evening News 24, 10 October]

Investigative report into Wooltorton suicide [Daily Mail, 10 October]

Man charged with assisted suicide in Nebraska, America [KETV, 8 October]

Disabled woman wears Nazi uniform in protest against eugenics [Mad World, 9 October]

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