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Life After Death

Life After Death

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Published by David Alton
A pro-life book by Lord Alton
A pro-life book by Lord Alton

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Published by: David Alton on Dec 13, 2010
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 Life After Deathby David Alton
 
 1998: 50th anniversary of the UN Declaration of Human Rights: Article 3:"Everyone shall have the right to life and security of person".1998: 30th anniversary of the implementation of the Abortion Act, and 5 millionlegal abortions.1998: 25 years of legal abortion in the USA.1998: As the British Parliament now considers the extension of the 1967 AbortionAct, the introduction of euthanasia, and a whole range of anti-life measures, DavidAlton looks beyond our culture of death.
Cowardice asks the question, "Is it safe?" Expediency asks the question, "Is it  politic?" Vanity asks the question, "Is it popular?" But conscience asks thequestion, "Is it right?"
 
 
1998 is the fiftieth anniversary of the United Nations Declaration of HumanRights. Article Three states that, "Everyone has the right to life, liberty andsecurity of person". 1998 also marked the thirtieth anniversary of theimplementation of the Brititsh Abortion Act. Over the intervening thirty yearsthere have been five million legal abortions. In addition, up to 100,000 humanembryos are destroyed or experimented upon annually, and moves are currentlyunderway to legalise euthanasia. There are also attempts in Parliament to extendthe Abortion Act to Northern Ireland (against the wishes of the politicians in theProvince); attempts to remove even the minimal requirement for two doctors tosign the green forms authorising an abortion, and a proposal to further erode theconscience clause of the Abortion Act by creating a public register of dissentingmedics - a blacklist intended to force yet more doctors and nurses to becomecollaborators and participants in abortion.The purpose of this book is to reflect on these past thirty years and to challenge ourcontemporary culture of death. I am not anti-abortion: I am positively pro-life. Iwant to see a consistent pro-life politics and a consistent pro-life ethic. I am pro-woman and pro-life. I do not come to this issue with a moral majority agenda butwith a profound belief in the sanctity of human life. I am also convinced that theflaccid language of rights is worthless without a corresponding concern forresponsiblities and obligations. All of these questions are explored in this book, butlet me begin with another anniversary: the fiftieth anniversary of the foundation of the State of Israel. The Holocaust and the death of six million Jews was thebackdrop against which the new State was formed and the 1948 United NationsDeclaration on Human Rights was drafted. It is instructive to consider again howpre-war Europe slid into eugenics and Aryanism - obsessions which first took mentally- and physically-handicapped people, gypsies, homosexuals, Jews andcountless others to their deaths. Instructive to consider how few raised their voices.Instructive to consider how Europe failed the Jews. In the book of Genesis thepromise is given to Abraham and his people that: I will bless those who bless you,and whoever curses you I will curse, And all peoples on earth will be blessedthrough you.Jewish culture, community and family life, history and religion have enriched theworld to a degree which is completely incommensurate with their numbers. Thepromise of Genesis that the world would be blessed by the descendants of Abraham is a promise which has been kept. These blessings have frequently beenrepaid in persecution and anti-semitism. The world hated the Jews because of thatfor which Judaism stands: the cry for freedom from Pharaoh's bondage, the sighingfor justice by the waters of Babylon, the admonitions of the prophets, the belief incovenant and faithfuness and, above all, the endless and awesome desire to be rightwith God. The Hebrew Bible has at its centre a respect for the ideals of justice andthe rule of law. This has been a part of the Jewish contribution to civilisation eversince. Few religions have afforded such prominence to respect for the law and itsproper dispensation. The Ten Commandments, given by God Himself to the

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