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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.
29 May 2017
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
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.
Sex Trafficking Victims Often Forced by Their Abusers to Have Multiple Abortions, One Had 17
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
Boss of midwife union defends decision to back campaign to scrap abortion law
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.
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.