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SPUC to intervene in bedroom abortions case

25 January 2011

SPUC has said that it will seek leave to intervene in a court case on the legality of so-called bedroom abortions. SPUC was responding to a High Court challenge launched by the British Pregnancy Advisory Service (BPAS), one of Britain’s main abortion providers. BPAS is seeking to widen the scope for using the drug misoprostol, used in conjunction with RU486, the abortion drug. [SPUC, 13 January]

Abortionist charged with infanticide and multiple other crimes

The worldwide pro-life movement is reflecting and commenting on the reports regarding Dr Kermit Gosnell, the Philadelphia abortionist accused of running the most bloody and sordid abortion business perhaps ever recorded. Dr Gosnell and his staff are accused, among many other things, of numerous infanticides; deaths of, and injury to, women patients and keeping a collection of severed baby feet in jars. Anthony Ozimic, SPUC's communications manager, commented: "Dr Gosnell's alleged crimes constitute but one case among many - though perhaps the worst recorded one - of gross moral degradation among abortionists. The details of Dr Gosnell's alleged degradation are indications that abortion is wrong, as those details mirror very closely the details of other cases of mass killing." [John Smeaton, 24 January]

Irish voters must use their general election vote for life and family

Pro-life leaders are calling upon Irish voters to vote pro-life and pro-family in the republic's forthcoming general election. Pat Buckley of European Life Network commented: "I would encourage all my Irish colleagues to contact representatives of all parties to clarify their position on the critical social issues such as the right to life of the unborn and to vote only for pro-life, pro-family candidates. It would be a grave error for political parties to focus only on economic policies when there are equally disastrous social policies that require urgent attention." [John Smeaton, 19 January]

Other stories:

Abortion provider moves to stop pro-life undercover operations [Guardian, 25 January]

American politicians debate abortion-racism comparison [, 25 January]

Hundreds of thousands of Americans march for life [Christian Post, 24 January]

US politicians battle over abortion in health insurance [, 24 January]

Macedonia runs TV ads warning about abortion [, 24 January]

Baby with problems survives despite doctors advising abortion [Mail, 24 January]

Put a crisis pregnancy centre in every hospital says head of Russian Orthodox Church [, 21 January]

Rhode Island bishop: Obama’s Tuscon compassion ‘meaningless’ in light of abortion support [, 21 January]

Top pro-abort group knew about Gosnell abortion clinic, but did nothing [, 20 January]

'Bella' star Eduardo announces plans to build largest US crisis pregnancy centre [, 20 January]

American abortionist charged with murder of newly born children [Reuters, 19 January]

American court rules children can get secret abortions without parental knowledge [, 19 January]

Boots' sale of morning after pills in Ireland is unconstitutional [John Smeaton, 14 January]

China's voluntary abortion rate increases while one child policy continues [, 14 January]

UK mental health worker risks losing her job for expressing her views on abortion [, 12 January]

American university abandons policy forcing training nurses to assist with abortion [, 12 January]

Vote on repeal of pro-abortion Obamacare rescheduled for next week [, 12 January]

Abortion provider responds to rising abortion figures by continuing to promote contraception [, 11 January]

Irish doctor calls for clarity in abortion debate [Tribune, 9 January]

Actress Nicole Kidman has child via surrogate [Telegraph, 22 January]

Surrogate mother reportedly holds couple to ransom for handing over their child [Telegraph, 19 January]

Australian bioethicist criticises "gestational carrier" term following Nicole Kidman surrogacy [Australian, 19 January]

British IVF egg donors to be paid thousands of pounds [Daily Mail, 17 January]

The Academy of Medical Sciences campaigns for even more access to human embryos [, 11 January]

Indian court considers euthanasia for woman in long-term non-responsive state [BBC, 25 January]

Almost half a million UK organ donation records have been incorrectly recorded [, 24 January]

European Court says right to suicide doesn't extend to state assistance [, 24 January]

Pro-suicide doctor says assisted suicide law should be like Abortion Act [Independent, 24 January]

Polish man sues police for preventing his suicide [Austrian Times, 23 January]

French Senate to debate proposed assisted suicide legislation [, 12 January]

Chinese president: forced abortion policy doesn’t exist [, 21 January]

UK mother gives birth in hospital toilet after medical staff ignore her cries for help [Mail, 25 January]

Pop-star writes letter to her unborn child [Sky Showbiz, 24 January]

Five cardinals, 39 bishops, 10,000 faithful pack basilica for Vigil for Life Mass [, 24 January]

Pope personally endorses French March for Life [, 20 January]

Family awarded millions in compensation after medics injure their unborn child []

UK report says substandard maternal health may be the cause of deaths of twenty one babies [Daily Mail, 17 January]

Woman gives birth in car park as report claims British maternal care is in meltdown [Sunday Telegraph, 16 January]

New blood test could lead to the genetic screening of the unborn [Telegraph, 12 January]

New study shows unborn twins socialise at fourteen weeks [, 12 January]

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