Life Issues

Why do Catholics believe abortion, euthanasia, and any form of killing is fundamentally wrong ?

Human beings are made in the image of God (Gen 1:27). This means that human beings are more than just the sum of their physical parts: by sharing in the divine likeness, they are "of" God. This means that no human person is equal to destroying the life of another, since no human being is equal to raising their hand against what is of God.

Catholics believe that human life already possesses this dignity when still only a foetus in the womb- indeed, from the moment of conception. Below are some quotes from Scripture that support the view that abortion is an offence against the human person:

“Before I formed you in your mother's body I chose you. Before you were born I set you apart to serve me. I appointed you to be a prophet to the nations." Jer 1:5

“You are the one who put me together inside my mother's body, … with your own eyes you saw my body being formed. “ Psalm 139

John the Baptist, while still in his mother's womb, reacts to the presence of Christ, in Mary:“When Elizabeth heard Mary's greeting, the baby inside her leapt for joy. And Elizabeth. filled with the Holy Spirit, called out, “…As soon as I heard the sound of your voice, the baby inside me jumped for joy.” Luke 1:41,44

Abortion is even more unacceptable as a form of violence, since it acts against the helpless:

“Do not take advantage of the widow or the fatherless. If you do and they cry out to me, I will certainly hear their cry. Ex 22:22-23

Eucharistic Adoration for Life

for the conversion of all people in volved in the culture of death and especially mothers and fathers considering abortion.

Every second Saturday of the month in the New Chapel at Ealing Abbey from 10am to 12 noon, finishing with solemn benediction.

Pro-Life Vigil

Every Saturday morning, 10am to 12 noon, in front of Marie Stopes Clinic 87 Mattock Lane, Ealing.

Please come and join us in praying the Rosary.

Good Counsel Network Retreats

In conjunction with the Franciscan Friars of the Renewal offers retreats for women who are struggling after having had an abortion .

The retreats are held in London, every two months, usually on a Saturday and are free to attend. To book a place, call Clare or Lynne at the "Good Counsel Network" on 0207 723 1740.


Good Counsel Network

What is The Good Counsel Network?

"A life-affirming women’s organisation which offers a free pregnancy test, free advice, medical information, practical help and moral support to women seeking abortion.

We reach out to women seeking abortion who have not been informed about the risks to their physical and psychological health and who have not been presented with realistic alternatives to abortion. We deal with the hardest cases of crisis pregnancy every day.Information, advice and support all help to change a woman’s mind about abortion but only God can change her heart. We speak to clients about God’s plan for them and their baby. Our centres are open to women of all religious beliefs.

Good Counsel!
Our work involves the simple befriending of women and educating them about abortion and  the humanity of their child, which is done through excellent literature and videos. Then we speak to them about God’s plan for them and their child. Finally we offer women practical help and moral support which they may need to keep their child, from accommodation and financial help, baby clothes and nappies, to friendship ongoing support, advice and planning for the future.

Staff at The Good Counsel Network offer their time and work to Jesus through Mary.

More info http://www.goodcounselnet.co.uk/

‘Advance Refusal’ cards to opt-out of "Liverpool Care Pathway" (LCP) amid euthanasia fears

notdeadyetThe anti-euthanasia campaigning group "Alert UK" has begun distributing thousands of “advance refusal” cards among elderly, disabled and chronically-ill people amid mounting fears that NHS doctors are using the Liverpool Care Pathway to prematurely end the lives of patients to free up beds. Under the LCP patients considered to be close to death are heavily-sedated then denied any artificial nutrition or hydration, which since the Bland judgement of the 1990s is classed as treatment.

Mean time to death on the LCP is 33 hours, according to two large national audits, whether someone has terminal cancer or a potentially reversible condition such as pneumonia. It is necessary to be "within the last hours or days of life" before someone can be put on the LCP - such predictions, however, have no scientific basis and likely to be in error about 50% of the time.

The cards, the size of a credit card, are intended to offer protection to vulnerable people by stating that the holder does not wish to be put on the LCP. “Please do not give me the Liverpool Care Pathway treatment without my informed consent or that of a relative,” the cards read.

Those who sign the cards are being encouraged to sign a second copy and to send it to their GPs.

The Mental Capacity Act 2005 made it legal for patients to refuse treatment through advance directives although they have no right to request care.

Fears over the implementation of the care pathway have been growing since Professor Patrick Pullicino , a neurologist from Kent, became the third senior physician to warn the public that the LCP had “become an assisted death pathway rather than a care pathway”. Speaking to a conference at the Royal Society of Medicine he said that the LCP had made euthanasia part of the “standard way of dying” because it was associated with about 130,000 deaths each year.

Amid the controversy Professor Pullicino was supported by six other senior doctors who wrote a letter in his defence to the Daily Telegraph. They agreed with him that it was seldom possible to predict when a patient would die and that heavily sedating then dehydrating patients to death under the LCP prematurely ended their lives.

Doctors who are critical of the pathway hope that eventually the Government will open a public inquiry into its application.

You can obtain cards by emailing info@alertuk.org, or writing to Alert, 27 Walpole Street, London SW3 4QS, telephone +44 (0)20 7730 2800

Sources: Daily Telegraph 30th July; Letter to the Editor, Catholic Herald, by Prof. Pullicino Aug 3rd 2012. Alert UK website: http://www.alertuk.org



Video: Fetal Development



LIFE supports vulnerable pregnant mothers and young families through difficult times, offering them the help they need to turn their lives around. Women are given as much practical, financial and emotional support as is necessary to help them bring their pregnancy to term; and are supported for as long afterwards as necessary

Are you late and worried? At school and pregnant? Coping with pregnancy loss? Having parenting problems? After abortion?

Freephone 0800 915 4600, 9am-9pm weekdays, 9am-5pm Sat

Pregnant and homeless? Call 01926 421587 or email referrals@lifecharity.org.uk

Pregnant/ with small children and facing financial difficulties? Call our helpline on 0800 915 4600 (9am-9pm weekdays, 9am-5pm Sat), quoting reference: "Gemma Fund"  

Having problems getting pregnant? Check out Life's sister site, fertility care: http://www.lifefertilitycare.co.uk

Rachel's Vineyard

is a safe place to renew and rebuild your life after experiencing the trauma of abortion. Weekend retreats offer you a supportive, confidential and non-judgmental environment where women and men can deal  with painful post-abortive emotions. It is a place of healing.

For general enquiries or further information regarding weekend retreats please contact us:

Email: Please send emails via the Enquiry Form
Mobile: Please call Marene on 07505 904 656



SPUC Campaigns

Amnesty for babies

In conjunction with our UN work, SPUC has launched Amnesty for Babies, a pro-life initiative, launched in Geneva on 28 June 2006, which is supported by organizations worldwide and is organized, on their behalf, by SPUC. The Amnesty for Babies campaign is promoting the rights of unborn children through a petition from legislators (e.g. members of parliament) to the international community. Please visit the Amnesty for Babies website www.amnestyforbabies.com to find out what you can do to support the campaign.

Safe at School

Safe at School campaign advises and supports parents and teachers who are concerned about the explicit nature of sex education in schools. Programmes which have caused considerable concern include Living and Growing and The christopher Winter Project. Parents are also worried that contraception and abortion services are being promoted in secondary schools. Full details at the Safe at School webpage

 9 Million Children

By the 50th anniversary of the 1967 Abortion Act coming into effect (27 April 2018) nine million unborn children will have been killed by abortion. By April 2018, we aim to build a campaign to deliver nine million leaflets to nine million homes in one leaflet drop in order to convince the British public that abortion is a tragedy that they must help to bring to an end. Contact Tony Mullett at tonymullett@spuc.org.uk if you can help establish a Nine Million Children campaign group in your area, delivering leaflets door-to-door two or three times a year.

 Glascow Midwives Appeal

Two Glasgow midwives who were told in February that they had to supervise abortions, regardless of their conscientious objection, have launched an appeal against the decision. The judge in the Scottish Court of Session told them that, as senior midwives, they had to accept management instructions to oversee abortions performed by other midwives on the labour ward.

The costs of Glasgow midwives' legal action are being underwritten by SPUC. People wishing to make donations towards the midwives' legal costs should telephone SPUC on +44 (0)20 7091 7091.