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Abortion counselling story dangerously misleading

30 August 2011

SPUC has warned about a newspaper story which claims that: "Abortion rules are set to be tightened by the Government in the biggest shake-up in a generation ... Pro-life campaigners suggest the change could result in up to 60,000 fewer abortions each year in Britain." (Robert Mendick, Sunday Telegraph, 28 Aug ) The Department of Health says it is drafting proposals which are expected to say who can be a pregnancy counsellor and what expectant mothers must be told. Paul Tully, SPUC's general secretary, said: "Handing the drafting of proposals relating to abortion to the Department of Health is like putting the fox in charge of the chicken-coop. The Department of Health commissions the vast majority of abortions in Britain, and says doctors should provide abortion on demand." John Smeaton, SPUC's director, also commented: "I urge pro-lifers not to be misled by the Sunday Telegraph story. Instead, pro-lifers should write to their MPs urging them to tell the government that in any proposals put forward:

  • No counsellor should be required to be a conduit to abortion services;
  • and counsellors who refuse on grounds of conscience or other good grounds to refer women to abortion services are not prevented from operating as pregnancy counsellors." [SPUC, 28 August]

Call for government adviser to be sacked over assisted suicide backing

SPUC Pro-Life has called for Martin Green, the government's Dementia Champion, to be sacked after his backing of assisted suicide for elderly patients (Telegraph, 29 Aug Paul Tully, general secretary of SPUC Pro-Life, said: "Mr Green, who works for the English Community Care Association, representing the interests of care homes, is clearly not interested in caring for some dementia sufferers. He seems to want them dead. According to The Telegraph, Mr Green called for 'the mantra of choice and control' for patients to be extended to helping them to commit suicide when they could not do so by themselves ... A man with these views has no place advising the government on health policy, and is a disgrace to the English Community Care Association." [SPUC, 29 August]

Other stories:

World Youth Day pilgrims convinced couple not to have abortion [Zenit, 26 August]

Australian woman in intensive care after botched abortion at Marie Stopes centre [, 26 August]

Planned Parenthood manager quits and converts to pro-life [, 25 August]

Catholic Women’s League of Canada calls for ban on destructive embryo research [, 26 August]

Euthanasia numbers rise in Belgium [, 25 August]

1,000 UK under-16s diagnosed with sexually-transmitted infections in past three years [Mail, 30 August]

Irish pro-life walk a huge success [Pat Buckley, 29 August]

SPUC Northern Ireland announces major pro-life conference, 10 March 2012 [John Smeaton, 27 August]

Report of SPUC outreach in Stratford, east London [John Smeaton, 26 August]

Head of Vatican pro-life academy says society should rediscover motherhood [CNA via NCR, 26 August]

Late Canadian cardinal remembered for pro-life witness [, 26 August]

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