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British politician: ‘consider compulsory abortion’ for Downs babies

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LONDON, December 19, 2012, (LifeSiteNews.com) – The United Kingdom Independence Party (UKIP) has suspended a candidate after an uproar when he wrote that it should be mandatory to kill all disabled unborn children. Geoffrey Clark wrote on his website that women carrying children suspected of serious disabilities like Downs syndrome and spina bifida should be forced to have abortions in order to cut back on health care costs. He also called for legalization of euthanasia, free “euthanasia counselling” for people over 80 years old, and the introduction of a two-child population control policy.

Clark, a 66-year-old chartered accountant wrote in his political manifesto that the government should review the National Health Service’s expenditures, saying the review should “re-examine the pregnancy abortion time limit. Consider compulsory abortion when the foetus is detected as having Downs, spina bifida or similar syndrome which, if it is born, will render the child a burden on the state as well as on the family.”

Until today, Clark was UKIP’s candidate for Kent County Council and was standing for Gravesham Borough Council in a by-election on Thursday, a stepping-stone to a parliamentary seat.

The NHS review, he said, also ought to reconsider medical treatment for people over the age of 80, which he called “disproportionately costly.” The NHS ought to consider offering “free euthanasia advice to all folk over 80 years of age,” Clark suggested, “and indeed to all others.”

He described the rise in population in Britain as “desperately bad, pitiable, scary, and a cause for bowing of heads in national shame.” Citing the 18th century father of eugenics Thomas Malthus, Clark wrote, “Population growth and declining quality of life go hand in hand.” He said that the UK should “attack mercilessly” those developing countries with high rates of population growth like Kenya, Nigeria, and Mexico.

“We must attack them for their wantonness; we must reduce their overseas aid to zero if they do not reduce the rapidly rising trend of population growth. Criticize the Pope and the Catholic Church for their wanton negligence on this subject,” he suggested.

“In the UK, restrict Child Benefit and Child Tax Credit to the first two children only, and withdraw those benefits if there is a third and fourth child. The state should not subsidize large families. Educate people to have no more than two children,” he proposed. “We must use all fair means to stabilize the UK population at 62 million, including leaving the EU.”

The comments caused an uproar in the media and social media sites like Twitter. Later, Clark appeared to backpedal from them, saying, “they are for the commission to consider how best to cut service levels if it is decided to do so.”

UKIP issued a statement on Tuesday saying that Clark has been suspended as a candidate and that his views do not reflect the party’s policies. A UKIP spokesman said the party rejects the “abhorrent views expressed in the personal manifesto of Mr. Geoffrey Clark.

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“The party was not aware of these views when it allowed him to stand under our name. We can confirm that Mr. Clark has been formally suspended as a UKIP candidate. His membership is undergoing disciplinary hearing.

“UKIP would like to apologize to anyone who has suffered distress as a result of this matter.”

The learning disability charity Mencap called Clark’s comments “abhorrent,” but his comments, while politically damaging, generally reflect the feelings of most in Britain where eugenic sentiments have grown. Polls have suggested that as many as 75 percent of British people think abortion should be allowed for disability and abortion lobbyists agree.

In 1990, when some MPs introduced legislation lowering the legal age limit for abortion, abortion campaigners in parliament allowed it to pass on the condition that all age restrictions be removed for eugenic abortion.

Since then, it has become the norm for doctors to recommend abortion under “Ground E” whenever a prenatal test finds a chance of Downs or another “serious” disability. This pressure from doctors to abort disabled children is starting to be noted by medical groups. A 1999 report in the Independent said the Association for Improvements in Maternity Services reported “a stream of complaints” from women who tried to refuse prenatal tests, who were “bullied or treated like pariahs.” The group said that some women would go so far as to avoid all prenatal care until 24 weeks to avoid pressure to abort a potentially disabled child.

In 2001 in England and Wales, there were 1,641 abortions committed under Ground E alone with a further 81 being Ground E combined with another reason. Of this number, 127 were for spina bifida and 347 for Down’s syndrome, six of these abortions being done after 24 weeks.

Since the Conservative Party started adopting more and more left-liberal social policies, refused to bring forward a promised referendum on Britain’s membership in the EU and has done nothing substantive to stem unregulated immigration, UKIP has surged in the polls. This week a former Tory MP reported that more than one in ten Conservative voters at the last election now backs the libertarian UKIP.

Of those, only one-quarter cite the Conservative party’s position on Europe that once formed UKIP’s raison d’être.

Since UKIP started opposing the coalition government’s plans to introduce same-sex “marriage,” polls started showing a jump in the party’s popularity. It has now, without a single MP in the House of Commons, moved to replace the government coalition partner Liberal Democrat party as third after Labour and the Conservatives.

Former Tory vice chairman Lord Ashcroft said that even if the Cameron government offers a referendum now, it is too late to woo disaffected supporters back. Ashcroft’s poll of more than 20,000 voters found their main interests lay in economy growth, welfare, immigration and the deficit.

“These voters think Britain is changing for the worse. They are pessimistic, even fearful, and they want someone and something to blame. They do not think mainstream politicians are willing or able to keep their promises or change things for the better,” Lord Ashcroft told the Daily Mail.

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‘You can’t have’ marriage equality ‘without polygamy’

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July 3, 2015 (LifeSiteNews) – Motivated by the U.S. Supreme Court ruling legalizing homosexual “marriage,” a Montana polygamist has filed for a second marriage license, so he can be legally wed to two women at once.

"It's about marriage equality," said Nathan Collier, using homosexual advocates’ term to support marriage redefinition. "You can't have this without polygamy."

Collier, who has has appeared on the TLC reality show Sister Wives with his legal wife Victoria, and his second wife Christine, said he was inspired by the dissent in the Supreme Court decision.

The minority Supreme Court justices said in Friday’s ruling it would open the door to both polygamy and religious persecution.

“It is striking how much of the majority’s reasoning would apply with equal force to the claim of a fundamental right to plural marriage,” wrote Chief Justice John Roberts.

Collier and his wives applied for a second marriage license earlier this week at the Yellowstone County Courthouse in Billings, a report from the Salt Lake Tribune said.

Collier, who was excommunicated from the Mormon Church for polygamy, married Victoria in 2000 and had a religious wedding ceremony with Christine in 2007. The three have seven children between them and from previous relationships.

"My second wife Christine, who I'm not legally married to, she's put up with my crap for a lot of years. She deserves legitimacy," Collier said.

Yellowstone County officials initially denied the application before saying they would consult with the County Attorney and get him a final answer.

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Bigamy, the holding of multiple marriage licenses, is illegal all 50 states, but Collier plans to sue if his application is denied. Officials expect to have an answer for him next week.

While homosexual “marriage” supporters have long insisted legalization of same-sex unions would not lead to polygamy, pro-life and family advocates have warned all along it would be inevitable with the redefinition of marriage.

“The next court cases coming will push for polygamy, as Chief Justice John Roberts acknowledged in his dissent,” said Penny Nance, president of Concerned Women for America, after the Supreme Court ruling. “The chief justice said “the argument for polygamy is actually stronger than that for ‘gay marriage.’ It’s only a matter of time.”

In a piece from the Washington Times, LifeSiteNews Editor-in-Chief and the co-founder of Voice of the Family John-Henry Westen stated the move toward legal polygamy is “just the next step in unraveling how Americans view marriage.”

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Chris Christie: Clerks must perform same-sex ‘marriages’ regardless of their religious beliefs

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TRENTON, NJ, July 3, 2015 (LifeSiteNews) – Chris Christie is not known for nuance. This time, he has turned his fiery personality loose on county clerks and other officials who have religious objections to performing same-sex “marriages.”

In a tone usually reserved for busting teachers' unions, Christie told clerks who hold traditional values, “You took the job, and you took the oath.” He would offer no exemption for an individual whose conscience would not allow him to participate in a union the vast majority of the world's religions deem sinful.

“When you go back and re-read the oath it doesn’t give you an out. You have to do it,” he said.

He told a reporter that there “might” be “individual circumstances” that “merit some examination, but none that come immediately to mind for me.”

“I think for folks who are in the government world, they kind of have to do their job, whether you agree with the law or you don’t,” the pugnacious governor said.

Since the Supreme Court voted 5-4 to legalize homosexual “marriage” last Friday, elected officials have grappled with how to safeguard the rights of those who have deeply held religious beliefs that would not allow them to participate in such a ceremony.

Christie's response differs markedly from other GOP hopefuls' responses to the Supreme Court ruling. Mike Huckabee, for instance, has specifically said that clerks should have conscience rights. Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal signed an executive order granting such rights and ordered clerks to wait until a pending court case was fully adjudicated before any clerk issues a marriage license to a homosexual couple.

Christie gave up a legal appeal after a superior court judge struck down his state's voter-approved constitutional marriage protection amendment. New Jersey is the only state where such a low court overturned the will of the voters.

The decision to ignore conscience rights adds to the growing number of Christie's positions that give conservatives pause.

The natural locus of support for a Christie 2016 presidential run is the Republican's socially liberal donor class, for personal as well as political reasons. His wife works on Wall Street, and some of the GOP's high-dollar donors – including Paul Singer – have courted Christie for years.

However, this year Jeb Bush, Marco Rubio, and to a lesser degree Scott Walker have eclipsed Christie as the preferred candidates of the boardroom donors – who sometimes prefer Democrats to Republicans.

Christie also used language during a speech before the Republican Jewish Coalition last year, which concerned some major GOP donors.

Christie is reportedly spending this weekend with Mitt Romney and his family at Romney's New Hampshire home. Romney declined to enter the 2016 race himself and may be able to open his donor list to Christie's struggling campaign.

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After having a girl with Down syndrome, this couple adopted two more

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LINO LAKE, MN, July 3, 2015 (LifeSiteNews) – For most people, having five biological children would have been enough. In fact, for many Americans, large families are treated as a scandal or a burden.

But one family made the decision, not just to have a large family, but to give a home to some of the most vulnerable children in the world: Girls born overseas with Down syndrome.

Lee and Karen Shervheim love all seven of their children, biological or otherwise. Undeterred by having twin boys – Daniel and Andrew, 18 – they had Sam four years later.

They now have three daughters who are all 11 years old. All three have Down syndrome.

And two of them are adopted.

About the time their eight-year-old son, David, was born, Lee and Karen decided to adopt a child with Down syndrome to be a companion to their daughter, Annie.

They made the further unexpected choice to adopt a child from Eastern Europe with the help of Reece's Rainbow, which helps parents adopt children with Down syndrome.

“Between my wife and I, we couldn’t get it out of our heads,” Lee told the Quad City Press. “So many children need families and we knew we could potentially do something about it.”

After originally deciding to adopt Katie, they spent six weeks in Kiev, visiting an orphanage in nearby Kharkov. While there, they decided they may have room in their heart, and their home, for another child.

When they saw a picture of Emie striking the same pose as their biological daughter in one of their photographs, they knew they would come home with two children.

Both girls were the same age as their Annie. She would not lack for companionship, as they worried.

Lee said after the Ukrainian government – finally – completed the paperwork, they returned to the United States, when the real challenges began.

“The unvarnished truth,” Lee told the Press, is that adopting the Russian-speaking special needs children “was really disruptive to our family. They came with so many issues that we had not anticipated.”

After teaching them sign language and appropriate behavior, they moved to Lino Lake, Minnesota and found a new support group in Eagle Brook Church. There they found personal assistance and spiritual solace.

Every year in the past seven years has been better and better, they say.

“I think my girls can do almost anything they want to do,” he said, “and that’s what I want to help them become.”

The family's devotion is fueled by their faith, and it informs the sense of humor Lee showed in a tweet during the 2014 midterm elections:

It takes a special person to believe in the potential of the “mentally retarded,” as they were once labeled. Today, 90 percent of all babies diagnosed with Down syndrome in the womb will be aborted. The percentage is higher in some countries. Some have even spoken of "a world without people with Down syndrome."

Their God, and their experience, tell them that every child has infinite worth and potential, Lee told local media, and he would encourage anyone to follow his footsteps and adopt a Down syndrome child – or two.

“The message is that it really doesn’t matter where you started or where you came from,” Lee said. “There are endless opportunities for everyone, whether they have disabilities or not. They deserve a shot.”

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