LONDON, UK, January 31, 2014 ( – The UK's Society for the Protection of Unborn Children (SPUC) has announced that this year's 7th International Pro-Life Youth Conference for young adults aged 16 to 35 will feature a line up of some of the most influential pro-life speakers in the world.

Pro-life experts booked for the conference include keynote speaker John-Henry Westen, co-founder and editor-in-chief of LifeSiteNews; Dr. Igor Beloborodov of the Institute for Demographic Research; Dr. William Newton, Dean and Lecturer at Steubenville University; Dr. Tom Ward, retired GP and founder of the National Association of Catholic Families; Dr. Helen Watt, Senior Research Fellow at the Anscombe Bioethics Centre; John Smeaton, SPUC Chief Executive; Fiorella Nash, SPUC researcher and novelist; and Patrick Buckley, Head of the European Life Network.

The conference promises to give pro-life youth an opportunity to not only hear and meet these pro-life leaders, but to share an exciting and informative weekend with like-minded people from around the world.


“Inspiring conferences are vital to the life of the pro-life movement,” SPUC’s Daniel Blackman told “Friendships formed, ideas exchanged, stories shared. For a few days young adults spend time in a community atmosphere, the sort of community they are trying to build amid the culture of death so many of us find ourselves in.”

The conference will take place March 7th to 9th at the University of Wolverhampton, Telford Campus Conference Centre.

John Smeaton, head of the Society for the Protection for Unborn Children, which is one of Europe’s most prominent and successful pro-life and pro-family organizations, warmly invites and encourages youth from across the globe to attend the conference.

“We want you to receive the best possible pro-life formation in an enjoyable and stimulating environment,” Smeaton said.

Smeaton explained that the conference is run over three days, and attendees can expect the following:

  • A line-up of international experts speaking on up-to-date pro-life topics.
  • Opportunities for questions, panel discussions/debates so that you can ask and discuss the most important pro-life issues we face today.
  • A top quality range of literature for you to take away.
  • The chance to spend three days in the company of other young pro-lifers in the UK and abroad. You’ll make new friends and learn about the pro-life and student experiences of others.
  • Each day you’ll be served meals and refreshment. These are great opportunities to talk with the speakers and relax with other young adults.
  • We’ll guarantee you entertainment and a reasonably priced bar for drinks. Previous conferences have included films, talent shows, ceilidh bands and dancing.

“Our youth are indeed the future, but they are also right now the activists, witnesses, leafleters, marchers, writers, speakers, and volunteers,” observed Daniel Blackman.

“SPUC, the world's oldest prolife organisation is holding its youth conference for them, and for those who want to join this movement. This conference only happens once a year. Don’t miss out. Attend now, to be equipped to make a pro-life change tomorrow,” Blackman said.

The SPUC youth blog, which has a permanent page dedicated to the youth conference, notes that the cost to attend is only £100, which includes conference fee, all talks, meals and refreshments, accommodation, and evening entertainment, and points out that sponsored places are available.

“We are now taking bookings. Do not delay. If you’re booking as part of a group it’s best to start organizing early. Booking early also means you’ll be able to book your coach or train tickets at a cheaper price, and don’t forget to apply for SPUC Branch sponsored places,” organizers of the conference state.

Contact information for the 7th International Pro-Life Youth Conference:

Email: [email protected]
Phone: 020-7091-7091


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