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Pre-IVF egg-screening test criticised by SPUC

2 February 2012

SPUC has criticised a Scottish IVF centre for introducing a technique to screen eggs for genetic abnormalities. The Glasgow Centre for Reproductive Medicine claims that the screening will improve the outcomes of IVF treatment. SPUC Scotland said: "Even if egg-screening helps to increase the number of births following IVF, it will still be the case that the vast majority of embryos created in the laboratory will not be born. IVF demeans human dignity by reducing procreation to quality-controlled, factory-like production. Doctors should instead be pursuing the far more successful ethical alternatives to IVF." [Herald, 28 January]

New Spanish government abolishes anti-life school course

The newly-elected Spanish government has announced that it is abolishing a citizenship school course which promoted abortion and other anti-life and anti-family ideas. The previous Socialist government had imposed the Education for the Citizenry course on schools against the wishes of many parents. [CNA, 1 February] John Smeaton, SPUC director, commented: "I congratulate the many parents whose campaign to uphold their fundamental right to be their children's primary educator has been successful."

India most dangerous place in world for girl children, suggests new figures

A report by the United Nations suggests that India is the most dangerous place in the world for girl childen. Figures by the UN's Department of Economic and Social Affairs suggest that from 2000 to 2010 there were 56 deaths of boys aged one to five for every 100 female deaths. Campaigners cite sex-selective abortion, infanticide and deliberate neglect as part of the phenomenon. [Telegraph, 1 February]

Other stories:

Occupy Wall Street protesters disrupt pro-life meeting, throw condoms at Catholic schoolgirls [Fox, 31 January]

US breast cancer charity stops funding Planned Parenthood and embryonic stem cell research centres [, 1 February]

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