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¬†More than 300 delegates attended the LIFE National Conference 2004 last weekend. "This was an important Conference for LIFE and the prolife movement" said Professor Jack Scarisbrick, LIFE's National chairman. "The prolife cause is the supreme cause of our times and we were privileged to have so many notable speakers to help deliver that message to our 300-plus delegates." The Conference opened with Charles and Babette Francis detailing the Australian experience of the abortion/breast cancer (ABC) battle. Mr Francis, a lawyer and key figure in abortion litigation, explained the sea-change taking place whereby abortion doctors are now wide-open to litigation. Many of his groundbreaking cases in Australia, where doctors are being successfully sued for failing to warn women of the ABC link, are influencing American law. Dr Trevor Stammers, Senior Tutor in General Practice at St George's Hospital, London, then delivered the message that 'safer sex' should be 'saved sex' and congratulated LIFE on its Education Programme. The Government's Health Committee Report 2003, he said, provided no answers to the now epidemic levels of STIs and, in particular, the alarming rise in chlamydia which renders girls infertile. "The Government's relentless promotion of the condom as the ultimate answer to this deepening crisis is merely encouraging risk-taking behaviour," said Dr Stammers. "We have to encourage abstinence and lifelong faithfulness, and remind our young that sex is about procreation and communication. Safe sex, said Dr Stammers, is known by another name: 'marriage.' he said the failure to drive this message home to young people terrified him and his colleagues who believe the consequences would be catastrophic. There followed a discourse by Archbishop Mario Conti of Glasgow on the relevance today of the Judao-Christian tradition concerning the absolute respect which is due to all human life. He said: " As we face ever more violent attempts to subvert the natural order of human sexuality and procreation, prolifers have to proclaim the fundamental importance of protecting the dignity of the human embryo and unborn child, and denounce laboratory production of human life, embryo abuse of all kinds, surrogacy and cloning, etc as well as abortion, of course. Our objection to all these enormities is rooted in natural law, a most precious gift to humankind, as well as divine revelation. But we also have to speak with compassion and act in love." Pravin Thevathasan, Consultant Psychiatrist and expert on post-abortion trauma (PAT) gave an account of the psychological impact of abortion on women. "When a woman destroys a pregnancy she destroys herself and something happens at a deep level." Thevathasan said abortion is contraindicated from a psychological, moral and health basis. It was, he said, particularly important that adolescent girls should not have abortions because, if they do they then inevitably go on to indulge in promiscuous behaviour to regain the love they've lost and to 'prove' to themselves that they are not damaged. For such girls, particularly from deprived backgrounds, abortion is 'psychic murder'. " The LIFE Conference welcomed Norma McCorvey, the 'Roe' in the Roe v Wade case which helped legalise abortion in the US in 1973. Now a passionate prolifer, she said she had been a 'stooge' for pro-abortion fanatics, and now tours the US campaigning to overturn Roe v Wade. The address by Dr Michael Jarmulowicz, Consultant Histopathologist at Northwick Park Hospital, London and LIFE patron, focused on Advance Directives and the withdrawal of treatment for the terminally ill in the light of the Draft Mental Incapacity Bill. Delegates were informed of the latest developments in LIFE's pioneering care, education and housing programmes, as well as the LIFE Fertility Programme and ZoŽ's Places. Source: LIFE
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