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                              Bishops’ Day for Life
                       

 
Pro Life Information

Pope St. John Paul II started this day for celebrating the dignity of human life from conception to natural death. At risk are unborn babies, vulnerable people threatened by attempts to legalise euthanasia or assisted suicide, and human embryos destroyed in IVF and experimentation.

Our parish is starting an informal  prolife group, which will keep you informed about the local house for mothers and babies run by LIFE  charity, and alert you to specific needs and topics from time to time.  Please leave your name and contact details as you leave , or via the church office. 
 
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All the formal pro-life groups below, which it is good to support, are pro-woman;  none judges or blames women who have abortions.  There is no violent activity whatsoever in the UK by pro-life activists.
 
The Anscombe Centre  is a world-renowned Catholic Centre for healthcare ethics, producing well-argued defence of Catholic teaching, books, leaflets, lectures, conferences. http://www.bioethics.org.uk

SPUC.  Society for the Protection of Unborn Children ;  campaigns and educates on all prolife issues, abortion, euthanasia, human embryo estruction and experimentation.. Runs Patients First Network for practical help in ensuring proper treatment . Excellent regular e-mail digest of pro-life news. www.spuc.org.uk    020 7091 7091. 

Also runs  British Victims of Abortion:  post-abortion help by women who have suffered themselves.
LIFE:  practical help for pregnant women and unsupported mothers, and women suffering after abortion; counselling and housing;  schools talks on abortion and euthanasia. 
 www.lifecharity.org.uk ; 01926 421 587;  helpline 0800 915 4600;
 text-to-talk 07786 200,  pro-life news at [email protected]
infertility treatment. http://www.lifefertilitycare.co.uk  tel.01926 834654.

The Guild of Our Lady of Good Counsel  ; Catholic group; practical help, especially for women who may not be eligible for benefits:  monthly days of pro-life prayer and fasting    
020 7723 1740 or e-mail [email protected]
 
Other sources of  prolife information
 
Pro Life  Alliance  www.prolife.org.uk   020 7581 6939
Care Not Killing:  www.carenotkilling.org.uk   anti-euthanasia  alliance, website about the dangers of relaxing the laws against assisted suicide which protect the depressed, handicapped and  chronically ill.
Right to Life: campaigns in Parliament on pro-life issues; and Right to Life Charitable Trust helps  women who may not  be eligible for benefits. 0208 992 7657  www.righttolife.org.uk
CARE:  News and campaigns in UK   www.care.org.uk
ALERT: campaigns against euthanasia  020 7730 2800   www.alertuk.org
Mercatornet:  International news, from group based in Australia www.MercatorNet.com
LifeSiteNews:  News from USA,Canada, UK    www.lifesitenews.com
Human Life International:  US based pro-life information and activity www.hli.org
 
Above all, and most important, please pray for unborn babies, their mothers, and  women suffering after abortion, for those in danger from euthanasia, and for all who are caring for the sick and disabled.
 
“A great prayer for life is urgently needed, a prayer which will rise up throughout the world. Through special initiatives and in daily prayer, may an impassioned plea rise to God, the Creator and lover of life, from every Christian community, from every group and association, from every family and from the heart of every believer.” – Pope John Paul II, (Evangelium Vitae)

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The Abortion Act was passed  fifty years ago on October 27th 1967.  Since then, about eight million unborn babies have been aborted in the U.K.
 Of the 550 human beings  killed by abortion in the UK every day,  about 50 look like a tiny born baby, move independently, and pull away from a painful impulse.
 
It is better medicine, not legalised abortion, which has saved women’s lives. 98% of abortions are on the grounds of risk to the mother’s mental health, although  there is much  evidence that abortion harms women mentally, and often physically.
 
Pro-life groups are pro-woman; none judges or blames women who have abortions. They have often been misinformed or under pressure.
 
There is no violent activity whatsoever in the UK by pro-life activists.  The violence takes place inside the abortoirs.
 
In the process of IVF (in vitro fertilisation) two million human beings in the earliest stage of life have been destroyed in our country.
 
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, making constant attempts to introduce full-blown euthanasia by “baby footsteps”.
Places  where the law has been changed  all s
how enormous increases in deaths,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,  [email protected] 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.

Pro-life groups 

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 protected]
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 [email protected]  Also holds prayerful and peaceful vigils outside an abortion clinic in Richmond.  Contact John Rodger Tel. 07768 100300 or email johnro[email protected]     

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