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Defending life
from conception to natural death


UN human rights council puts pressure on Ireland to legalise abortion

7 October 2011

Delegates from Britain, Denmark and Spain yesterday used the UN's Universal Periodic Review of Ireland to call for Ireland to legalise abortion. Alan Shatter, Ireland's Minister for Justice, told the hearing that the Irish Supreme Court had decided that it was lawful to terminate a pregnancy in Ireland when it is necessary to preserve the life of the mother, and that the government would address the issue and meet their obligations under the Convention on Human Rights. Niamh Uí Bhriain of the Life Institute said “Minister Shatter did not refer to the fact that the majority of Irish people oppose abortion, and that the people, rather than the European Court, decide Ireland’s pro-life laws and he failed to point out that Ireland’s leading medical experts had confirmed - before a parliamentary committee - that abortion was never medically necessary.” [, 6 October]

SPUC public meeting in Bournemouth to warn about explicit sex education in primary schools

A public meeting will be held next Thursday (13 October) in Bournemouth to warn parents about explicit sex education programmes in primary schools. Antonia Tully, the coordinator of SPUC's Safe at School campaign, a nationwide campaign calling for a ban on explicit sex education, will explain how children as young as seven are exposed in the classroom to cartoons showing sexual intercourse. Parents of primary school age children are encouraged to attend to find out about their rights to protect their children from sexualisation in the classroom. [SPUC, 7 October]

SPUC urge supporters to respond to government sex ed consultation

The Department for Education is inviting people to participate in a consultation about sex and relationships education (SRE) in England. SPUC is encouraging its supporters to participate and to  express their objections to the kind of SRE that is wide­spread in schools today. Please read SPUC's briefing which includes all you need to know to make a submission. The deadline is 30 November. [SPUC, 5 October]

Other stories:

UN Population Fund claims ultrasound leading to rise in Asian sex-selective abortion [YAHOO! NEWS, 6 October]

Former Planned Parenthood director celebrates two years of pro-life witness [, 6 October]

90% of unborn children with Down Syndrome are aborted, while 99% of people with Down Syndrome are happy [, 6 October]

Leading maternal health group refused funding for objecting to abortion and contraception [CNA, 6 October]

Scientists deliberately create and destroy embryos with debilitating genetic in the name of research [Mary Meets Dolly, 5 October]

SPUC's Alison Davis finds the euthanasia hole in World Suicide Prevention Day [John Smeaton, 6 October]

Bishop O'Donoghue preaches powerfully against the UK's culture of death [John Smeaton, 5 October]

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