Sr Andrea and Sr Jess had a great time at the SPUC Youth Conference last weekend, along with 140 young people. Sr Andrea gave a workshop titled ‘Crisis pregnancy: a response’ and was on the discussion panel. There were many interesting speakers at the conference, two of whom spoke about the effects of abortion on women’s mental health. The talks cited a review of the research by pro-choice Prof Fergusson, which has shown that abortion (vs. carrying an unwanted pregnancy to term) is associated with a mild-moderate increase the risk of drug and alcohol misuse, anxiety and suicide.
A bus load of young adults travelled to England to SPUC’s Youth Conference and endured the 10 hours journey to hear some amazing speakers including Catherine Macmillan who was speaking for the first time since her daughter Sara died at the beginning of this year. Everyone I have spoken to who heard her were moved by her testimony.
The fruits that can emerge from helping a young adult to attend prolife conferences are many including educating them in some of the most profound topics of our day! It is not easy to stand up for life especially in a culture that puts pressure on young people to all be the same and be for abortion as a right. We applaud all the young people who attended the conference but especially our own Scottish contingent!
Scottish contingent at the SPUC Youth Conference in Hoddesdon
Here’s a summary of the Youth Conference at the beginning of March 2015, http://whyiamprolife.org/wordpress/?p=1397
The conference will run from Friday 6 March (late afternoon) until Sunday 8 March 2015 (after lunch), at the Ramada Plaza Hotel in Southport (near Liverpool).
The price is £100, including all meals and accommodation. The conference is open to those from the age of 16 to 35.
Our speakers will include His Eminence Raymond Leo Cardinal Burke, who has been very outspoken in defence of human life and the family; and Obianuju (Uju) Ekeocha, founder of Culture of Life Africa. Uju travels all over the world promoting the defence of human life in Africa, which is under huge pressure to cede to the Western practices of abortion and contraception.
Other speakers will include Ira Winter, a member of the Life Fertility Care team, which promotes an ethical alternative to IVF; and Dr. David Paton, a professor of Economics at Nottingham University and an expert on issues surrounding teenage pregnancy.
SPUC’s Fiorella Nash and Paul Tully will also be speaking and sharing their expert knowledge. Fiorella specialises in pro-life feminism, international surrogacy, abortion in China and maternal mortality. Paul Tully, SPUC’s general secretary, is an expert in legal and parliamentary policy surrounding pro-life issues.
Attendees will also have the opportunity to attend workshops by:
- Ira Winter on the subject of NFP
- Margaret Cuthill of Abortion Recovery Care and Helpline (ARCH), a post-abortion counsellor
- Janet Secluna Thomas of No Less Human, who worked alongside the late Alison Davis for many years and whose workshop will focus on how we talk about disability.
Full conference programme coming soon.
It is vital that the youth of today attend this conference to equip themselves with the knowledge needed to go out and carry out pro-life work in our schools, universities, homes and communities. This is the starting point from which we branch out and achieve the goal of defending and promoting the sanctity of human life. It is an opportunity that is not be missed!
Entertainment will include Friday evening quiz and film, Saturday evening ceilidh, and drinks in the bar (over 18s only) on Friday and Saturday evening.
If you have a query about the conference please contact Rhoslyn Thomas by email to firstname.lastname@example.org or by telephone to 020 7820 3140.