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7 December 2011

7 December 2011

7 December 2011 Top stories: Morning-after pill scheme is gift of death for Christmas, says SPUC A Christmas promotion to supply morning-after pills following telephone consultations has been condemned as "the gift of death" by SPUC. The British Pregnancy Advisory Service (BPAS), one of the UK's main abortion providers, has launched the scheme, which it is promoting with offensive advertisements which read: "Sex: getting 'turned on' this Christmas?" Paul Tully, SPUC general secretary, commented: "Christmas is about the gift of life, yet BPAS are offering instead the gift of death. According to the manufacturers, morning-after pills can kill newly-conceived human embryos". [SPUC, 6 December ]  MPs support parents in fight against pornographic sex education Members of Parliament joined parents and experts at Westminster to support a campaign against pornographic sex education programmes in schools. SPUC's Safe at School  campaign organised a packed meeting entitled “Sex education as sexual sabotage”. Jacob Rees-Mogg MP said that the meeting was “terrifically important. SPUC’s work is of overwhelming importance for our society.” Dr Judith Reisman, the global expert on sexology pioneer Dr Alfred Kinsey, took delegates back in time to explain why sex education in schools is so explicit today. Mrs Lynette Burrows, a leading commentator on the family and a mother of six children, said: “Sex education has an unaaceptable number of casualties”. Emma Clarke, a Northampton mother of three, said that her son’s behaviour changed radically for the worse after he was exposed to sex education at school. After the meeting, Jonathan Evans MP and Andrea Leadsom MP joined parents in delivering to the Department of Education a 47,000-signature petition  to Michael Gove, the education secretary, calling for sex DVDs to be banned from UK primary schools. [SPUC, 1 December ]  Related stories: * SPUC's Antonia Tully on English regional radio [96.4 Eagle, 5 December ]  * SPUC campaign supported by Andrea Leadsom MP [Andrea Leadsom, 1 December ]  * SPUC's Safe at School addressed meeting at Parliament 24 November [Steve Brine MP, 24 November ]  Other stories: Abortion * Reflections on the latest series on abortion [John Smeaton, 7 December ]  * US pro-abortion groups oppose sex-selection abortion ban [, 6 December ]  * UK Marie Stopes doctor loses license, almost killed woman in abortion [, 5 December ]  * US gynaecologists' groups stopping doctors objecting to abortion [, 6 December ]  Embryology * IVF patient's frozen embryos 'lost by clinic' [BBC, 5 December ]  * Dolly the sheep scientist says abandon embryonic stem cell research [, 5 December ]  * Adult stem cell advance as UK patients set to undergo clinical trial [This is Bristol, 3 December ]  Euthanasia * Editor of left-wing UK magazine argues people should be free to condemn acts of suicide [Telegraph, 6 December ]  * List of public meetings in Wales consulting re opt-out organ donation [Wales Online, 5 December ]  * Massachusetts Medical Association overwhelmingly opposes assisted suicide [Euthanasia Prevention Coalition, 3 December ]  * UK families paying for private nurses to save loved ones on NHS wards [Mail, 2 December ]  * All should check if the Liverpool Care Pathway is operating in their area [John Smeaton, 2 December ]  * SPUC's Anthony Ozimic opposes euthanasia at Irish university debate [Irish Times, 1 December ]  Sexual ethics * UK government to spend £5 million on female condoms for developing countries [Pharmaceutical International, 6 December ]  * Ex-SNP leader warns gay marriage could alienate people [, 2 December ]  General * Tough, loving, health-care professionals need support [John Smeaton, 3 December ]

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