BY Martin Dunlop | September 5 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS     print icon print

1 PARALYMPIAN

Paralympics call UK to change abortion laws

'Discriminatory and outdated' abortion laws must be challenged, Catholic chaplain says

The London 2012 Paralympics give the UK the opportunity to change its ‘discriminatory and outdated abortion laws,’ the first-ever lay Catholic chaplain to the Games has said.

In a pre-recorded interview for Vatican Radio, James Parker—who is also the Catholic Coordinator of the 2012 Paralympic Games, which are currently taking place in London—has called for Christians and others who value human life to challenge leaders and politicians with renewed effort to change the UK’s abortion laws.

The Paralympics chaplain said that Paralympians are ‘no different to any other human being.’

“They often have greater degrees of adversity to overcome but this is an aspect of any life that truly wishes to be lived to the full,” Mr Parker said. “What is astounding is that Britain is enabling the eyes of the world to be opened to the giftedness and potential of those with disabilities through its hosting of the Paralympic Games. However, its own laws vehemently and shockingly discriminate against any new life in the womb that might possibly be affected by a physical handicap, genetic problems or a mental defect.”

The chaplain added that if Team GB wishes to retain its place towards the head of the medals table at future Paralympic Games, the UK  ’needs to seriously consider changing its laws to stop discriminating against what is presently termed as an ‘unacceptable quality of life.’’

“Games aside, any society that wishes to be healthy needs to increasingly value disability and non-disability equally,” he said.

Mr Parker said that the joy in the Paralympic Village, where athletes and officials are staying during the Games, is ‘palpable’ and it is a place where everybody is ‘celebrated and honoured.’

“The Christian community needs, as a whole, along with others who share our beliefs on the dignity of human life, to continue to take the lead…towards changing Britain’s discriminatory and outdated abortion laws,” he said. “If this issue is not addressed as we wave goodbye to the Paralympic Games from our shores, then it is hard to imagine when another opportunity of this sort will pass our way when British society and the world as a whole is celebrating the incredulous achievements of those with disabilities.”

The London 2012 Paralympic Games will conclude this Sunday. Team GB is currently in second place in the medals table behind China.

 

Leave a Reply

latest news

Vatican honours St John Paul II

October 22nd, 2014 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

Church today celebrates late Pope’s feast day for the first...


Middle East without Christians is unthinkable

October 21st, 2014 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

Holy Father expresses concerns at opening of consistory of cardinal...


Pope Francis Beatifies founder of synod of bishops

October 20th, 2014 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

Extraordinary synod on the family ends with Pope Paul VI—...


Plans to reserve Catholic school places for Baptised children given support

October 17th, 2014 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

A consultation by Falkirk Council finds the majority of respondents...




Social media

Latest edition

P1-OCT-24,-2014

exclusively in the paper

  • Photo spread on the Beatification of Pope Paul VI.
  • ‘Happy and Holy couples’ is aim of new marriage preparation initiative in St Andrews and Edinburgh.
  • Peter Kearney: Ultimately, the laity are left to uphold the sanctity of family life.
  • Plans for pilot Catholic/Jewish school in East Renfrewshire get gold star from education officials.

Previous editions

Previous editions of the Scottish Catholic Observer newspaper are only available to subscribed Members. To download previous editions of the paper, please subscribe.

note: registered members only.

Read the SCO