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SPUC publishes guidance on Dorries amendment

2 September 2011

There is a great deal of confusion and controversy over the pregnancy counselling amendment to the health bill (Health and Social Care Bill) being proposed by Mrs Nadine Dorries and Rt Hon. Frank Field. From the very outset, SPUC has expressed serious reservations about the amendment (see Pro-Life Times, p.1), and recent reports have deepened our concerns. Please read our action alert and briefing

Polish bills on abortion defeated

The Polish parliament has voted against two bills related to abortion. A bill which sought to ban all abortions was narrowly defeated by 191 votes to 186. Some pro-life leaders had criticised certain additional elements to the bill. At the same time a bill promoting abortion, contraception and sex education was heavily defeated by 369 votes to 31. [, 31 August]

Bishop describes Spanish family's decision as act of euthanasia

A Spanish Catholic bishop has described the denial of food and fluids from a disabled person as an act of euthanasia. Jose Vilaplana, bishop of Huelva, was opposing the move by the family of a comatose stroke patient to remove her feeding tube. Bishop Vilaplana said that the right to life "must not be linked to the state of consciousness or unconsciousness of someone who is sick". [CNA, 30 August]

Other stories:

Interview with Ramona Trevino, former Planned Parenthood manager turned pro-life [, 1 September]

Notorious Austrian abortionist sets sights on Ireland [Family and Life, 29 August]

UK clinical trial using stem cells from unborn children cleared for next stage [Reuters, 1 September]

Interview with paralysed man seeking assisted suicide decision [BBC, 1 September]

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