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 "Britain is dying: Britain needs babies" was the stark message which greeted the 350 delegates attending the LIFE National Conference in Northampton at the weekend. Former OU lecturer and business consultant Andy Pollard showed how, thanks to contraception and abortion, all parts of the UK, except Northern Ireland, are "on the abyss of a demographic implosion which could soon be as devastating as that facing much of Africa, Southern and Eastern Europe (especially Russia)." There were two transatlantic speakers: Camille de Blasi from the Centre for Life Principles in Seattle explained how LIFE's fast-growing educational work among the young must seek to heal our secularised culture and enable the human spirit to flourish. Professor Gerard Egan from Chicago described how prolife counselling could also "heal and empower". Dr Jarmulowicz, a consultant pathologist, gave a talk on the surge in sexually transmitted diseases, especially among the young, which he attributed to government policies. Dr David Kingsley, a psychiatrist, reviewed the mounting evidence of the devastation caused to women's health by abortions. Professor Scolding of Bristol explained how the cloning lobby campaigns to suppress the truth about stem cell research, namely, that we do not need cells plundered from embryonic human beings - the adult's stem cells provide better material. During the conference four prolife organisations proposed a common action plan for prolife action via the courts. Cardinal Murphy O'Connor expressed wholehearted praise for LIFE's programme and David Alton spoke of how truth always will 'out' eventually. LIFE's care work includes housing and educational programmes, the LIFE Fertility Programme, and the Ze's Place hospice. The charity is now launching a National Appeal for 10 million to enable it to set up a Research Institute to undertake prolife medical research and to expand its educational, caring, housing and baby hospice programme. "The proposed Research Institute will seek cures for such genetic disorders as Down's Syndrome and undertake specialist work on the use of adult stem cells for treating degenerative and organic diseases" said LIFE National Chairman, Professor Jack Scarisbrick. "There must be a cure for abnormalities like Trisomy 21 (Down's Syndrome) which will also be a means of preventing the disorder" he added, "and then cures must be advanced without destructive experimentation using human embryos or human cloning. "The prolife movement must take this initiative in ethically acceptable medical research. This is vital for the prolife counter-culture, which we are creating." He explained: "We want 5 million for this and another 5 million to build new Zoe's Place baby hospices, and to expand our unique range of pregnancy care, housing and infertility treatment." source: LIFE
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