SPUC's Youth Conference this 11-13 March felt like something new upon the face of the earth. The choice for Life is as old as Moses. But as the culture of death reaches new depths of depravity and technological cruelty, so the pro-Life movement stretches itself out like a baby full of joy and confidence in the experience of being alive, of growing--a sensation which is always new. This is a baby God will not allow satan to abort (see Apoc 12:4).
At the conference (which was attended by clergy and laity from St Mary's, Warrington), the first speaker, Obianuju Ekeocha, exposed how the West is imposing abortion on African. This evil is against African culture and against human nature. Obianuju, who has travelled widely across Africa, describes this as a new colonisation. Motivated by a thirst for justice, Obianuju, is Founder & President of Culture of Life Africa.
Clare McCullough described the help the Good Counsel Network offers to pregnant women unsure about abortion. Sometimes the father of the child accompanies the mother. Clare described three broad categories of such men. A few good men embrace their fatherhood, being clear that they want to support new life. A larger group, 20-30%, are aggressively adamant that an abortion should take place. But the largest group say they will "support whichever choice their partner makes". This gutless answer is a rejection of responsibility. The mother senses soon enough that whatever course she chooses, she can be forever blamed for it when difficulties arise. Imagine a man, Clare asked, saying to the mother of his two-year-old child: "If you want us to love him and feed him then I am there for you. But if you want him taken outside and have his head crushed with a rock, then I am fully supportive of this choice too." Such a man is no father. Nor is it different while their child is still in the womb.
Catherine MacMillan's story is too profound to describe here. Catherine said something which touches every human life: "Love is hard. It is easy to walk away..." But Catherine chose life for her daughter Sara. After bringing joy to many, little Sara died on 5th January this year. Having resisted pressure from medical professions to abort Sara due to disabilities, having chosen love instead, her mother Catherine says: "The pain which I am now experiencing, and will always experience, is worth it."
Gabriele Kuby explained the rise of Genderism as a totalitarian ideology. The '68 rebellion, strong in Germany, set itself particular goals, including:
i) to destroy respect for legitimate authority, so authority is automatically regarded as oppressive. Pointing to Hitler they decried authority, failing to discern that it is the abuse of authority which harms, not authority itself.
ii) sexual emancipation, blind to the evidence that civilisation and culture advance in proportion to due restraints being observed on sexual behaviour. For example, the Christian teaching of virginity before marriage and monogamy as marriage are foundational to the rise of Christendom, Europe and the West.
iii) the sexualisation of children, so that today in German Kindergartens children are being forced into sexual role-playing.
Gabrielle asked how is it that the individuals who promote such wrong-headed ideologies are so favoured and promoted by the powerful of this world? One thinks of satan offering worldly to dominion in exchange for worshipping him.
Bobby Schindler, the brother of Terri Schiavo, spoke of how his sister was starved and dehydrated to death by the advocates of euthanasia. When Terri's family went to visit her in her last two weeks, they saw the agony she suffered in this cruel death. Armed police officers were present to arrest them if at any moment they attempted to give Terri water or nutrition. Even if they sought to apply lip gloss as relief to her dried and cracked lips they would have been arrested on the spot. If this sounds incredible that is because it is senseless. Yet it really happened and continues to happen in countless cases today. Learn more at the Terri Schiavo Life & Hope Network.