SPUC NATIONAL CONFERENCE (23rd-25th September)

celebrating the 50th Anniversary of its founding.



170 delegates gathered to recall the key event leading to the formation of the society, a letter in the Church Times, published on 30th September 1966. Alan Smith and Elspeth Rhys-Williams (later Chowdharay-Best), who attended the conference, wrote the letter to call on opponents of abortion for support.

Tributes to the two founders of SPUC were paid, and delegates had the opportunity to hear about the Society’s current work, as well as contributions reflecting on pro-life campaigns in the past 50 years. Although 50 years of legalised abortion is a cause for great grief, delegates were reminded that we have much to celebrate.


Chief Executive John Smeaton recalled notable successes such as protecting embryos in 1994, defeating attempts to decriminalise abortion completely in 2008, blocking plans to make sex education compulsory in 2010, and participating in the defeat of the Marris Bill in 2015 (which sought to legalise assisted suicide).


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We have been doing our Merseyside Walk of witness for about 20 years now – or not far off it.  We are a small but determined group and every year in spite of the weather, the blisters and the aching knees we always find plenty to keep us going – our friendships and the people we meet along the way and of course our witness to the truth.  We know it has an impact on the strangers we encounter but we will never know how much or if we have really made people think . . .


This year the Walk took place on Saturday 1st October starting at the BPAS Clinic, Parkfield Road, Liverpool.   27 of us met approximately 9 am (the largest number we have had so far!) and after praying the Joyful Mysteries of the Rosary, we set off on the 14 mile Walk, which took us through Liverpool City Centre, Bootle, Crosby Village, and ending at St William of York Church, Thornton –  Fr. Dunstan and Pat then treated us to delicious sandwiches and pastries, which were very much appreciated!  The Crosby & District Branch of SPUC meet at 7.30 pm on the first Thursday of each month in the Parish Centre, following Mass at 7 pm.   New members are always welcome!  If you would like more information please contact Anne at annefearon@spuc.org.uk


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