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Groundbreaking weekend for pro-lifers in London

15 February 2012

The US founders of the 40 Days For Life initiative are visiting the UK. David Bereit and Shawn Carney have so far visited pro-lifers in London, Birmingham and Manchester. Almost 200 people attended the inaugural 40 Days For Life banquet in Westminster cathedral hall. [SPUC youth blog, 13 February]

UK doctors' union proposes radical changes to organ donation system

The British Medical Association (BMA) has proposed radical changes to organ donation system.  The changes include presumed consent for organ removal as well as keeping patients alive solely to enable organ removal. [Telegraph, 13 February] In a separate move, two US bioethicists have argued for the abolition of the dead-donor organ removal rule. Anthony Ozimic of SPUC commented: “The authors of this obnoxious paper have forgotten the lessons of the 20th century of the consequences of making the right to life dependent upon the possession of abilities. The authors should read the famous 1941 sermon of Blessed Clemens Cardinal von Galen against the Nazi euthanasia programme, who said: ‘Once admit the right to kill unproductive persons . . . then none of us can be sure of his life.’”    [, 8 February]

Other stories:

Undercover at a pro-abortion meeting: Part 2 [SPUC youth blog, 10 February]

Sarah's Palin's testimony offers hope to mothers of children with Down's Syndrome [SPUC youth blog, 9 February]

Campaigners question ethics of Britain's first 'male mother' [Telegraph, 13 February]

Paralysed US teacher starves herself to death [Mail, 15 February]

Adult stem cells heal scarred hearts [, 14 February]

Anglican bishop of Carlisle speaks out against assisted suicide proposal [In Cumbria, 11 February]

Population is "biggest challenge" says UK govt chief scientist [Ecologist, 15 February]

Pope praises large familes [VIS, 15 February]

Vladimir Putin vows to reverse Russian population decline [Telegraph, 13 February]

US university planned master race for post-war UK, suggests author [Mail, 13 February]

Mexican Catholic bishops emphasise right to life ahead of presidential elections [OfficialWire, 15 February]

Review of new book "The politics of Down's Syndrome" [Spiked, 13 February]

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