Bishops Day for Life 2016
Pro Life Information
Pope John Paul II started this day for celebrating the dignity of human life from conception to natural death. The threats are to unborn babies (over 200 thousand UK abortions in 2015), vulnerable people threatened by persistent attempts to legalise euthanasia or assisted suicide, and human embryos destroyed in IVF and experimentation.
Every day about 550 human beings are killed by abortion in the UK. Of these about 50 look like a tiny born baby, move independently, and pull away from a painful impulse.
Abortion has always been legal in the UK and Ireland when it is necessary to save the mother's life, which is very rare indeed.
Pro-life groups are pro-woman; none judges or blames women who have abortions.
There is no violent activity whatsoever in the UK by pro-life activists.
In the process of IVF (in vitro fertilisation) thousands of human beings in the earliest stage of life are destroyed.
Throughout the world, the disabled are overwhelmingly against any change in the laws against euthanasia and assisted suicide, which at present protect them. The large groups run by disabled people in Britain are all members of Care Not Killing, as is the Catholic Church in the UK.
Rather than an unintended “slippery slope”, there is an actual agenda of death, planning to introduce full-blown euthanasia by “baby footsteps”.
The Mariss bill to legalise physician-assisted suicide was decisively rejected last September by our M.P.s, as were similar attempts in Scotland, Wales and the Isle of Man.
Places where the law has been changed (Belgium, The Netherlands, Oregon, Washington, a few others) are all showing enormous increases and many abuses.
If you only see the secular media you get a very biased and incorrect view. TV and films advertise suicide and euthanasia with inaccurate emotional stories. For accurate information see www.lifecharity.org.uk, www.spuc.org.uk, firstname.lastname@example.org and www.carenotkilling.org.uk
For international news see www.MercatorNet.com and www.lifesitenews.com
You can get free regular e-news from all these, easy to ask for or cancel. (If you are under 18, please ask your parents' permission before subscribing.)
There is always a better solution, even to the worst problems, than deliberately ending a human life, whether of the disabled, ill, elderly, unborn babies, or the tiniest human embryos.
LIFE: practical help for pregnant women, unsupported mothers, and women suffering after abortion, counselling and housing, school talks on abortion and euthanasia. www.lifecharity.org.uk; 01926 421 587; helpline 0800 915 4600; text-to-talk 07786 200, excellent pro-life news digest at email@example.com
infertility treatment www.lifefertilitycare.co.uk 01926 834654
Zoe's Place children's hospice
SPUC: Society for the Protection of Unborn Children; campaigns and educates on all pro-life issues, abortion, euthanasia, human embryo destruction and experimentation. Runs Patients First Network for practical help in ensuring proper treatment .
e-mail digest of pro-life news. www.spuc.org.uk 020 7091 7091
Also runs British Victims of Abortion: post-abortion help from women who have suffered themselves; www.bvafoundation.org Helpline 0845 603 8501
Pro Life Alliance: Started as a political party in 1996, now a political group upholding the most basic human right: to be allowed to live. Has been behind many media stories, comments and legal challenges. Runs a small fundraising lottery (click on Fundraising on the website.) www.prolife.org.uk 020 7581 6939
The Good Counsel Network: Catholic group offering practical help, especially for women who may not be eligible for benefits. Holds monthly days of pro-life prayer and fasting. Call 020 7723 1740 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. Also holds prayerful and peaceful vigils outside an abortion clinic in Richmond. Contact John Rodger Tel. 07768 100300 or email email@example.com
Care Not Killing: Anti-euthanasia campaigning alliance, of which the Catholic Church in the UK is a member. www.carenotkilling.org.uk: Excellent website about the dangers of relaxing the laws against assisted suicide which protect the depressed, handicapped, chronically ill, and other vulnerable people.
The Anscombe Centre: The renamed Linacre Centre which has moved to Oxford. It is a world-renowned Catholic Centre for healthcare ethics, producing well-argued defence of Catholic teaching, books, leaflets, lectures, conferences.
Telephone 01865 610 212. www.linacre.org
Right to Life: Campaigns in Parliament. The Right to Life Charitable Trust helps women who may not be eligible for benefits. 0208 992 7657 www.righttolife.org.uk
Please give regularly to LIFE, marking cheques “Bracknell LIFE House” or “Portsmouth Diocese LIFE Houses” or use the donation slot in the Bracknell church porch.
Please support groups caring for mothers and babies and providing pro-life fertility treatment, as well as hospices and palliative care providers.
Please pray for unborn babies, their mothers, women suffering after abortion, all in danger from euthanasia, and for all those caring for the sick and disabled