Pro Life

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For information contact Arnold Marsden on 01200 427096

The Clitheroe Pro-Life group are a group of people who recognise that all human life is sacred and must be defended from conception to natural end.  We do this by daily prayer.  The holy rosary is recited after daily morning mass.

We hold an annual day of exposition of the blessed sacrament and invite all parishioners to partake.

We host the annual north west sponsored walk raising funds for Right to Life to enable them to fight parliamentary bills and produce pro-life educational material for our secondary schools.

September 13 2017

Fran Chambers from the Caritas Mother and Baby Home will speak at 7.30 pm in the presbytery

July 25 2017

Fifteen concerned people attended the meeting and there were six apologies.

The Parish Pro-Life Group currently focuses on daily prayer, an annual day of exposition of the blessed sacrament and the annual north west sponsored walk raising funds for Right to Life.  Right to Life fights parliamentary bills and produces pro-life educational material for our secondary schools.

In addition to the Pro-Life group’s current remit the meeting focused on two main thrusts that the group could pursue – practical action and education/lobbying.

On practical action we discussed supporting pregnant girls and young mothers.  For example we could do this via the Caritas mother and baby homes and also by exploring counselling support services for pregnant girls who might consider alternative options to abortion.

On education/lobbying we discussed the need for accurate information gathering and research; education within the Catholic community and schools; and lobbying approaches including supporting existing organisations and lobbying en masse rather than as individuals.  An example of en masse lobbying is the Citizens UK approach of harnessing groups which united can be a power house of influence.  An easy first step in education could be prayer/information cards similar to the 11,000 human trafficking prayer cards we designed and distributed locally.  This initiative was subsequently taken up by Nottingham Diocese and the Santa Marta Group.

There was clearly a degree of commitment by individuals at the meeting but also from some who were unable to attend.  The meeting clarified that Right to Life is the charity we support on education/lobbying issues and Life is the charity to support for practical action on alternatives to apportion.

There is much to be researched in depth but for immediate action we agreed to:

  • invite a mother and baby home speaker to the next meeting on September 13.
  • explore and link up with other parishes on Pro-Life issues.  Fr John will raise this at the next Deanery meeting in September.

 

 

August 23 2017

Below is the latest from CitizenGo.  CitizenGO is a conservative advocacy group founded in Madrid in 2013.  The foundation promotes petitions in 50 countries, including petitions defending Christian and Catholic causes, opposing same-sex marriage, abortion, and euthanasia.

The script is below but if you want to sign the petition go to http://www.citizengo.org/en-gb/lf/79932-un-right-life-does-not-mean-right-abortion-to-birth

The ideologically driven United Nations Human Rights Committee (UNHRC) is pushing its radical abortion agenda once again.

This time, they’re offering a novel interpretation of the ‘Right to Life’ as found in the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights: according to them, the ‘right to life’ in fact entails a right to abortion! In an incredible distortion of the most fundamental of human rights, which, by their own admission, applies to all human beings everywhere, they say the right to life is also the right to end the life of an unborn human being.

The Committee have opened their Draft General Comment (which contains this novel interpretation of the Right to Life) to public consultation, and we should firmly reject it.

Paragraph 9 of this General Comment contains an unashamed ideological push that would provide significant ammunition to the pro-abortion lobby internationally. Importantly, the reference to pregnant mothers experiencing “mental pain” through being denied abortion effectively results in the Committee arguing that abortion should be made legal up until birth.

This is clear when we consider that a UN Special Rapporteur on torture has previously claimed that denying a woman an abortion is equivalent to torture.

In which case, if restricting abortion amounts to torture, then there can be very few legal restrictions, as any legal restriction on abortion would amount to support for torture. Of course, this is absurd legal reasoning, but this is exactly what the Committee are attempting to do.

For the UK in particular, if the recommendations were adopted, it would almost certainly result in a repeal of the 1967 Abortion Act and the legalization of abortion up to birth across England, Wales, Scotland and N Ireland. Abortion extremists in the UK would be able to use this General Comment to bolster their own campaign to allow abortion up to birth in the UK.

The is a common tactic of certain activists within the UN which persistently reinterprets agreed upon legislation to further its own political agenda. On this occasion, abortion ideologues are attempting to reinterpret the right to life and find a therein a right to abortion.

Sadly, the Committee’s attack on the right to life does not end there. It also supports assisted suicide on extremely broad grounds.

This is a gross attack on national sovereignty and the right to life of unborn humans and we must not sit idly by and watch it happen.

July 25 2017: Family Life and Pro-Life Meeting

Fifteen concerned people attended the meeting and there were six apologies. The Parish Pro-Life Group currently focuses on daily prayer, an annual day of exposition of the blessed sacrament and the annual north west sponsored walk raising funds for Right to Life.  Right to Life fights parliamentary bills and produces pro-life educational material for our secondary schools.

In addition to the Pro-Life group’s current remit the meeting focused on two main thrusts that the group could pursue – practical action and education/lobbying.

On practical action we discussed supporting pregnant girls and young mothers.  For example we could do this via the Caritas mother and baby homes and also by exploring counselling support services for pregnant girls who might consider alternative options to abortion.

On education/lobbying we discussed the need for accurate information gathering and research; education within the Catholic community and schools; and lobbying approaches including supporting existing organisations and lobbying en masse rather than as individuals.  An example of en masse lobbying is the UK Citizens approach of harnessing groups which united can be a power house of influence.  An easy first step in education could be prayer/information cards similar to the 11,000 human trafficking prayer cards we designed and distributed locally.  This initiative was subsequently taken up by Nottingham Diocese and the Santa Marta Group.

There was clearly a degree of commitment by individuals at the meeting but also from some who were unable to attend.  The meeting clarified that Right to Life is the charity we support on education/lobbying issues and Life is the charity to support for practical action on alternatives to apportion.

There is much to be researched in depth but for immediate action we agreed to:

  • invite a mother and baby home speaker to the next meeting on September 13
  • explore and link up with other parishes on Pro-Life issues
  • what else?

A suggestion after the meeting is that prior to the September 13 meeting we invite agenda items and papers to be distributed to email addressees by September 6.

5 July 2017  At tonight’s Parish Forum we were made aware of the constant attack on Family Life issues. It was decided to arrange a meeting for anyone interested to discuss how we as individuals and as a parish could help combat these very important issues. A meeting has been arranged on Tuesday 25th July at 7.30 pm in the presbytery.

What triggered this Parish Forum action point was a recent bill in Parliament which would effectively decriminalise abortion and allow abortion up to birth.   On 13th March 2017, the bill had its First Reading in Parliament and was passed by 172 votes to 142. A second reading on 12 May was thwarted by the General Election and the dissolution of Parliament and the bill will proceed no further.  However there will be a next time.

How would abortion of full term babies work – abortions that are legal in this country for disabled babies.  Below is taken from Pro Life America

 Partial-Birth Abortion: Partial-Birth Abortions are used from the 4th month through the end of the 9th month of pregnancy. These late-term abortions are regularly used to kill healthy babies [not yet in the UK] that pose no danger or threat to their mother.

For this abortion, the abortionist uses ultrasound to locate the unborn baby’s legs. Forceps are then used to pull the baby’s legs through the birth canal, delivering the baby feet first, except for the head. Scissors are then used to puncture the base of the back of the head. A suction device is then inserted to suction ou

29 May 2017

Pro-Life Walk

URGENT APPEAL FROM LORD DAVID ALTON

When it comes to life issues—abortion, assisted suicide, pregnancy support and embryo research—the makeup of Parliament after the election is going to be of fundamental importance. We are very likely to face another attempt to introduce assisted suicide in the next Parliament and to see new legislation brought forward on abortion from both the prolife and the pro-abortion lobbies. The pro-abortion lobby have made it clear that they are aiming to introduce legislation that will introduce abortion on demand, for any reason, up-to-birth. The pro-life lobby look like they are going to be focusing on incremental areas (such as sex-selective abortion, time limit reductions, etc) that new polling shows a majority of the public support. These policy areas are conscience issues for the majority of parties, so the position of your successful local candidate will directly dictate where parliament goes on these issues. A website has been launched—www.wheredotheystand.org.uk—to allow people to easily email their local candidates to find out where they would vote on a series of bills on these issues. This will give you a firm idea of where these candidates stand on these topics and how they are likely to vote in the next Parliament. If you have time ahead of the election, it would be very helpful if you could use the website to email your MP candidates and help let as many people as possible know about the website above.

March 7 2017

STATIONS OF THE CROSS Tuesday 7th March at 7.30pm. This week the stations will be led by the Pro-Life group. Anyone from Clitheroe needing a lift, please meet on Lowergate car park at 7pm

February 28 2017

At a meeting of the small pro-Life group on Monday night it was decided to hold our annual day of prayer for pro-life issues on 6th May. The Blessed Sacrament will be exposed from 9am to 5.30pm, with a break for Holy Mass at 12 noon.
The annual Right-to-Life sponsored walk will take place on Bank Holiday Monday, 29th May.

December 12 2016

ROSARY OF THE UNBORN will be said after Mass/Service each morning this week for all Pro-Lfe intentions. Our Lady of Guadalupe (feast day Mon 12 Dec) Pray for us.

October 10 2016

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Last Wednesday we had the first our Laudato Si meetings.  Earlier that week and repeated on Thursday was a programme on BBC2 A World Without Down’s Syndrome? which highlighted the stark reality of where the world is trending.   The programme offered a timely reminder of the dangers of embarking on a determinist view of society and the risk that selective breeding will come to be viewed as acceptable.   There is a lot of pressure to avoid a potential “burden” as an outcome of the wrong sort of foetus.

Currently 92% of babies diagnosed with Down’s syndrome before birth are aborted, and the 1967 Abortion Act allows for abortion up to birth in the case of disability in England, Scotland and Wales.

Laudato Si is about how we should live our lives with a care for the whole world and the whole of humanity.    Specifically on abortion Pope Francis says: Since everything is interrelated, concern for the protection of nature is also incompatible with the justification of abortion. How can we genuinely teach the importance of concern for other vulnerable beings, however troublesome or inconvenient they may be, if we fail to protect a human embryo, even when its presence is uncomfortable and creates difficulties? “If personal and social sensitivity towards the acceptance of the new life is lost, then other forms of acceptance that are valuable for society also wither away”

We have a Pro-Life Group in the Parish.  We need to rally together and raise our voices.

June 5 2016

ROSARY OF THE UNBORN will be said each day this week for all Pro-Life intentions

June 4 2016

The Medaille Trust alerted us to this appalling US news item.

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 Sex Trafficking Victims Often Forced by Their Abusers to Have Multiple Abortions, One Had 17

NATIONAL   MICAIAH BILGER   MAY 23, 2016   |   6:41PM    WASHINGTON, DC
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The abuse of human trafficking victims comes in many forms, not the least of which is forced abortions.

 One woman who managed to escape from her abusers reported having 17 abortions while she was being trafficked, The Shreveport Times reports. Her experience is just one of many in the United States and abroad.

Human trafficking, especially sex trafficking of young girls, has increasingly become a problem in the United States. The Department of State estimates that between 14,500 and 17,500 people are trafficked to the U.S. annually. A survey by the U.S. Department of Statefound that 55 percent of sex trafficking victims had at least one abortion, with 30 percent having multiple abortions. More than half said they did not choose to abort their unborn child; their traffickers ordered them to, according to the survey.

These harrowing facts are prompting a wide variety of service organizations to help victims escape and heal. In Louisiana, pro-life pregnancy resource centers are reaching out to victims of sexual abuse and offering them resources and counseling.

Cindy Collins, who works for a pro-life center in Slidell, Louisiana, has heard many sickening stories from the human trafficking victims. She told the newspaper that trafficking victims are expected to have sex with anywhere between five to 35 men a day. Because many victims do not use contraception, pregnancies and abortions are common, she said.

“That is a deep trauma, not only the abortion experience, but the deep feelings of regret because this is a life she never intended to live, and now it’s taken the life of herself and her child, a second victim,” Collins said.

The news report explains more about the pro-life center’s experiences with sex trafficking victims:

Traffickers who allow women to have children often do so as another form of control, Collins said.

Several trafficking victims she’s worked with were allowed to keep one child — an “anchor baby”—  that the trafficker then used to give the woman a false sense of family, or which the trafficker used as a hostage to keep the woman compliant.

Collins said the mothers she’s worked with have demonstrated a range of emotions. Women forced to have an abortion can seem unattached or unemotional, but those who carry full term desperately want their children.

“They love their children,” Collins said. “They see their children as something to live for, as a way out.”

Regardless of outcome, the journey into motherhood for trafficking victims is traumatic. .

Fortunately, Collins said some women are beginning to heal. She said they help sex trafficking victims realize their value as human beings and pursue their dreams.

Vednita Carter, who survived sexual abuse and later founded a Minnesota shelter called Breaking Free, also shared how abortions are just another way that human trafficking victims are abused. Carter testified to U.S. Congress in 2014 and shared the story of one woman who she helped: “I got pregnant six times and had six abortions during this time. I had severe scar tissue from these abortions, because there was no follow up care. In a couple of cases I had bad infections—so bad that I eventually had to have a hysterectomy.”

Despite the evidence of forced abortions being used as a double abuse of sex trafficking victims, abortion activists continuously push these victims in the direction of abortion. They claim an abortion will help sexual abuse victims, rather than recognize how it can further traumatize them and kill their unborn child.

30 May 2016

Bank Holiday, Monday 30th May, we again hosted Right to Life’s sponsored Walk for Life. There is no doubt that Right to Life is the most successful of organisations that work to defend the dignity of life from conception to the grave. It does so by encouraging and supporting pro-life MPs in their task of raising the awareness and disseminating information on life issues among their fellow Parliamentarians. The success of this work is seen in that whenever a Euthanasia Bill has appeared in the House on each occasion the number voting against it has increased. Right to Life also provides education packs for Secondary level schools. Demand for this by both state and religious secondary schools outstripped supply. All these activities cost money even though Right to Life works on a shoestring budget.

17 May 2016

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Boss of midwife union defends decision to back campaign to scrap abortion law

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The RCM has backed a campaign to scrap the current legal limit for abortion. Credit: PA

Britain’s biggest midwives’ union has defended its decision to support a campaign calling for the current legal limits on abortion to be removed. The Royal College of Midwives (RCM) came under heavy criticism from its own members after its chief executive backed the campaign to scrap the 24-week abortion limit – without consulting members or holding a vote.

Cathy Warwick – chief executive of the RCM – said the campaign had the union’s full backing and said that the legal limit should be “relegated to history”. The RCM re-issued a statement confirming its position saying it does not believe it is right that “women who choose to have an abortion can be criminalised and jailed”.

Professor Warwick is also chairman of the board of trustees of the British Pregnancy Advisory Service (BPAS) – the country’s biggest provider of birth control services and terminations. The BPAS has called for abortions to be removed from criminal law.

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Suzanne Tyler, director of the Royal College of Midwives, said the union stands for women having choice. Credit: Good Morning Britain

Speaking on Good Morning Britain on Tuesday, Suzanne Tyler, the director of the Royal College of Midwives, said that the union is neither pro- nor anti-abortion. She said that but that the RCM stands for women having choice – and that the medical professions and midwifery should respect that “women are the experts in their own care”.

Those choices and that respect has to start right at the beginning with that very fundamental choice or whether or not you even continue with the pregnancy. The RCM is not pro- or anti-abortion itself. What we are – is we’re for women – and for women making the choices that are right for them.

– SUZANNE TYLER, DIRECTOR, ROYAL COLLEGE OF MIDWIVES

Campaigners say decriminalisation would give women real choice but some union members who say it could lead to late-term abortions. The government has said it has no plans to scrap the 24-week limit on abortions.

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Credit: Reuters