Saturday, 22 June 2013

Write to the French Embassy in London to demand the release of Nicolas

Nicolas under arrest
French pro-life/pro-family colleagues have contacted SPUC and asked us to highlight the fate of Nicolas Bernard-Buss (pictured), a young protester against same-sex marriage, who has been sentenced to two months in prison for the alleged crime of "rebellion" and other questionable offences. His case seems to be one of the worst of a large number of similar cases of police persecution directed against the hundreds of thousands of French people who have protested in recent months against same-sex marriage. Here are some links with further information:

La Manif Pour Tous demands the immediate release of Nicolas and the end of systematic repression against opponents of Taubira's law

Disproportionate Sentence for Nicolas B.

Nicolas, 23 ans, anti-mariage gay : deux mois de prison ferme

Please contact the French Embassy in London to demand his release and the end of police persecution of protesters against same-sex marriage:

His Excellency Bernard EmiƩ
French Embassy in the United Kingdom
58 Knightsbridge
Tel: 020 7073 1000

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Tower Hamlets parents protest about abuse of science National Curriculum

Parents in Tower Hamlets will be taking to the street to protest about children being taught about sex in science lessons, which they claim is an abuse of the National Curriculum

While children at Arnhem Wharf Primary School, E14 3RP, are having a statutory science lesson on the afternoon of 26 June, parents from around the borough will be staging a protest outside the school against the content of the lesson taking place inside.

The parents are angry because the inclusion of the word "reproduction" in the science curriculum is being seen as a green light by teachers to transfer explicit teaching about sex to science lessons. There is nothing in the primary science curriculum at Key Stages 1 and 2 which mandates teachers to teach children about sexual matters.

SPUC's Safe at School campaign is supporting the protest which has been organised by the Tower Hamlets Parents Action Group - SRE.  The parents' group has sent an open letter to the school and members of the Local Authority, which sets out their grievances. Full text:

Antonia Tully of Safe at School said:
"Parents at Arnhem Wharf, and other primary schools, are being denied their legal right to protect their children from sex education which is unacceptable to them. Teaching children about sex in science lessons is effectively compulsory sex education by the back door. The Department of Education needs to wake up to what's going on."
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Friday, 21 June 2013

Advertising watchdog accused of political censorship

The Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) has been accused of political censorshop for launching a spurious investigation into an advertisement against same-sex marriage.

The ASA launched the formal investigation after it received one complaint against a newspaper advertisement placed by SPUC. The advertisement warned that "gay relationships will be promoted in schools" if the Government's Marriage (Same Sex Couples) bill becomes law. The complaint alleged that the statement was "misleading". The ASA has demanded that SPUC substantiate its claim.

SPUC has today replied to the ASA with a robust letter accusing the ASA of "trespassing on freedom of expression in the political field" (full text: ) The letter, among other things, says:
  • "Is it really the case that the ASA is going to appoint itself as the arbiter of the meaning of forthcoming legislation and ban advertisements that are not consistent with its view?"
  • "Most would consider that such political debate, whether or not manifested in advertisements, is none of the ASA’s business."
  • "[SPUC is] not reassured as to the ASA’s impartiality given that its chairman is Chris Smith, the peer and former Labour MP and Vice President of the Campaign for Homosexual Equality ... If the ASA’s intention is to police political advertising then common sense dictates that it cannot have a politician running the organisation."
  • "[T]he ASA has repeatedly alleged that advertisements that oppose gay marriage are “offensive” or, in any event, demanded of publishers that they show that they are not."
  • "[T]he ASA is politically compromised and simply has no right or authority to become involved in matters of political debate."
  • "[I]f a non-statutory, self-regulating body such as the ASA intends to trespass on freedom of expression in the political field then this is a development that would need to be reviewed by the courts at the earliest opportunity."
  • "[I]n consequence of the bill, schools will also need to promote same-sex marriage. This does not mean that individual teachers will have to extol its use but they would have to promote its existence."
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Thursday, 20 June 2013

Help us stop science lessons being used to teach sex to primary school children

SPUC is committed to opposing explicit and provocative sex education. We believe that graphic lessons on sex in school are inciting young children to become sexually active in their teens or even before. Illegal, underage sexual activity leads to teenage pregnancies, rising rates of sexually-transmitted diseases and the tragedy of teenage abortions.

The new draft National Curriculum for science at Key Stages 1 and 2 has made clear that young children should not be given information about sex in science lessons.

SPUC's Safe at School campaign has campaigned vigorously against the abuse of the National Curriculum for science at Key Stages 1 and 2. Primary schools around the country have been teaching children about sex in compulsory science lessons from which their parents cannot withdraw them. This is a blatant attack on parents’ rights to protect their children from sex lessons they consider inappropriate.

The draft National Curriculum for primary science at Key stage 1, includes “Notes and guidance” which state that:
  1. the parts of the human body which children aged 5-7 should be able to identify do not include the sexual organs
  2. children “should not be expected to understand how reproduction occurs”.
The “Notes and guidance” are labelled as non-statutory, which means a teacher could ignore them. The draft curriculum for science at Key Stage 2 remains very vague. Children must be taught to describe the “life processes of reproduction in some animals and plants”. Some teachers are interpreting this to mean that sexual must be taught. This is an abuse of the national curriculum.

Action points:
  1. Parents of primary school children should ask to see the lesson plans for science classes to find out if sex is being taught.
  2. Parents should contact Safe at School straight away if their child’s primary school is abusing the national curriculum.
  3. Order copies of the latest edition of SPUC's campaign bulletin on sex and relationships education - by email to or by telephoning 020 7091 7091.
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Wednesday, 19 June 2013

Central London abortion centre to stop performing abortions

young pro-lifers praying outside BPAS Bedford Sq.
Top stories:

Central London abortion centre to stop performing abortions
The central London centre of the British Pregnancy Advisory Services (BPAS) is to stop performing abortions there. The abortions will now be performed at its recently-opened centre in Stratford, east London. Daniel Blackman, a research and education officer of SPUC and a member of the 40 Days for Life London organising team from 2010 to 2012, said: "The news that BPAS will no longer be performing chemical abortions at its Bedford Square facility is to be welcomed. Special mention should be made of 40 Days for Life, Helpers of God’s Precious Infants, and the Good Counsel Network, who have held prayer vigils outside the BPAS facility for a number of years. However, like the head of Hydra, BPAS opened a new facility in Stratford, East London in 2011. SPUC launched a vigorous campaign of opposition, working closely with local residents and pro-life groups. Sadly, BPAS Stratford is now open six days a week, with long opening hours, carrying out chemical and surgical abortions, ie, more abortion procedures than were offered at Bedford Square. It is situated on the ground floor of a residential block housing residents with complex needs, in an area with one of the highest abortions rates in the country. SPUC, together with others who want to offer protection for unborn children and their parents, will continue its campaign against BPAS." [Catholic Herald, 18 June]

Abortion should not be used as a contraceptive, says Lord Steel, author of 1967 Act
Lord (David) Steel, the author of the 1967 Abortion Act, has criticised the practice of repeat abortions in Britain. He said: "It is odd that so many women present for repeat abortions, some more than twice, which does suggest they are treating abortion as contraception. This was never the purpose of the 1967 reform." Josephine Quintavalle of the Pro-Life Alliance responded to Lord Steel's comments, saying: ‘David Steel needs to face the reality of the provision of abortion in this country, that it is not just being provided for women in dramatic need but is available on demand. It was verging on the ingenuous of him to imagine when he brought forward his legislation in 1967 that abortion wouldn’t end up being available on demand. The trouble is that many people think there is nothing wrong with repeat abortions. They say: abortion is either right or wrong, so if you can have one you should be able to have as many as you can ask for." [Mail, 19 June]

Other stories:

  • Fine Gael TD Brian Walsh says he cannot support Protection of Life in Pregnancy Bill [Pat Buckley, 19 June]
  • Leader of pro-abortion unions likens pregnant Duchess to women "who have babies to get state handouts" [Telegraph, 18 June]
  • Reilly concedes that abortion laws will mean more babies ‘suffering damage’ [Pat Buckley, 18 June]
  • Fine Gael Senator will not support abortion law [Pat Buckley, 17 June]
  • Only 5% of women regret being denied an abortion [, 14 June]
  • FG rebels demand free vote on abortion to avoid exodus and Sinn Fein will apply party whip [Pat Buckley, 14 June]
  • "I can’t believe that the people of Poland and Ireland, once they understand what is happening, will not stand up in defense of human life", says US Cardinal Burke [Pat Buckley, 13 June]
  • Notorious child killer seeks to starve himself to death [Sky, 17 June]
Sexual ethics
  • Poland: Prime Minister backs down and admits opposition to homosexual civil unions is too strong [Pink News, 18 June]
  • Duma bars Russian children from adoption by foreign same sex couples [Russia Today, 18 June]
  • Stonewall scandal at Catholic university college points to bureaucrats as the problem [John Smeaton, 13 June]
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