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SPUC calls upon pro-lifers to lobby European Parliament over pro-abortion report

29 September 2009

SPUC is calling upon pro-lifers to lobby the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe prior to a vote this Friday on a pro-abortion report. The report, promoted by Christine McCafferty, the veteran anti-life British MP, promotes abortion as a means of family planning and population control. The European Centre for Law and Justice (ECLJ) has produced a briefing rebutting the report. Key points from the report and contact details for assembly members can be found on the blog of John Smeaton, 28 September

Ireland For Life, a pro-life group, has said that the so-called guarantees obtained by the Irish government from the European Union (EU) on abortion are "worthless". The group says that the guarantees of Ireland's pro-life laws are not legally binding and could be ignored by the European Court of Justice. Mary Thornton, the organisation's spokesman, said in a press statement: "No to Lisbon is the only means of ensuring the continued protection of the right to life of the child embryo, in Ireland." [Pat Buckley, 28 September]

The head of the Canadian Catholic bishops' conference has called upon Canadians to oppose assisted suicide and euthanasia. In a letter, Archbishop V. James Weisgerber argued that legalising the practices would "result [in] a society even more fragmented, with its members living in greater isolation and anxiety." The Canadian parliament is due to debate a bill on the subject. [, 28 September]

Other stories:

Slovakia standing up for life at UN Human Rights Council [John Smeaton, 28 September]

Abortion argument leads to murder of pregnant woman [WMC-TV, 28 September]

Babies being saved during 40 Days for Life campaign [, 28 September]

Boston cardinal-archbishop condemns abortion and eugenics [Salem News, 28 September]

Third World population controls won't save climate, study claims [Times, 29 September]

Law enforcement staff providing info on assisted suicide group to cancer patients [American Thinker, 27 September]

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