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Non-prosecution of assisted suicide in the UK threatens vulnerable

1 June 2010

Alison Davis, who represents disabled people as national co-ordinator of No Less Human, a group within SPUC Pro-Life, has responded to the decision by the Crown Prosecution Service not to prosecute Michael Bateman who assisted his wife Margaret to commit suicide. Alison said the decision meant not only that the killing of disabled or ill people would continue to go unpunished, but that the decision not to prosecute would further threaten the lives of sick and disabled people. [John Smeaton, 26 May]

Britain’s high abortion rates means doctors need reality check on abortion, says John Smeaton

In response to figures recently published on abortion statistics for 2009, in England and Wales and Scotland, John Smeaton, national director of SPUC, has said that Britain’s continuing high abortion statistics mean that many doctors need to be more aware about the damage abortion does. Mr Smeaton announced that SPUC is therefore reaching out to doctors, to provide them with better-quality information about the reality of abortion. Abortion not only kills children, it hurts women too. Mr Smeaton said that SPUC will be sending doctors evidence compiled by Dr Greg Pike, an Australian specialist in neurobiology and bioethics, on the damage abortion may cause to women’s health. [John Smeaton, 25 May]

Marie Stopes TV ad is deceptive and deceitful

John Smeaton has said that the Marie Stopes TV advert, which was released on Monday 24th May is deceitful and deceptive. Anthony Ozimic, SPUC’s communications manager, told the media that the advertisement is deceptive because it doesn’t explain what Marie Stopes is and what Marie Stopes does. Marie Stopes' main business is the killing of unborn children. Its telephone consultation line is an abortion booking service. Mr Ozimic said that Marie Stopes has soft-soaped its image in this Channel 4 advertisement and said that this was probably a deliberate move in order to evade restrictions on abortion advertising. SPUC have written to Jeremy Hunt, the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, urging him to use his powers and instruct Ofcom to block this advertisement. You can help by writing to Mr Hunt and your local MP. Information on how to do so is in the attached link. [John Smeaton, 24 May]

Other stories:

Marie Stopes opens abortion clinics in China. [Sunday Times, 30 May]

Majority of Latin America opposes abortion, says poll. [Catholic News Agency, 31 May]

Canadian Cardinal says abortion destroys equality of rights. [, 28 May]

Irish Family Planning Association calls for abortion on demand. [, 28 May]

Some UK women have up to seven abortions. [Daily Mail, 25 May]

Canadian Catholic bishops not afraid of abortion debate. [, 26 May]

Chinese baby, aborted but still living, sent for cremation. [Patrick Buckley, 16 May]

Lack of healthcare, not abortion causes maternal deaths. [Patrick Buckley, 25 May]

Woman in Nepal dies in abortion centre. [, 26 May]

Study shows newborn mortality rate at all time low. [, 26 May]

Californian Catholic college hosts pro-abortion speaker. [, 25 May]

Under investigation abortionist admits to lying to patients. [, 25 May]

UK woman’s investigations leads to arrest of suspected suicide orchestrator. [BBC, 25 May]

UK judge rules that doctors allowed force to operate against patients wishes. [Daily Mail, 27 May]

Chinese political promoter of sterilisation visits Marie Stopes in the UK. [Fr Timothy Finigan, 24 May]

Germany’s birth rate at historic low. [TIME, 23 May]

Scottish woman offered £200 to be sterilised. [BBC, 23 May]

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