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8-John Smeaton

SPUC leader collects international pro-life award

John Smeaton, the chief executive of the Society for the Protection of Unborn Children (SPUC), said he is ‘humbled and honoured’ to have been presented with a major international pro-life award.

At the 2014 Legatus Summit, which was held from February 6-8 in Florida, in the US, Mr Smeaton received the 2013 Cardinal John J O’Connor Pro-Life Award from the Pro-Life Committee of Legatus.

In presenting the award, the Legatus Pro-Life Committee highlighted Mr Smeaton’s ‘long history of work with life issues dating back to 1975,’ which ‘provides him with a wealth of knowledge, experience and insight to effectively deal with present day threats to human life.’

“John has actually been making a gift of his own life for the sake of saving lives,” the committee said. “As a person and as the leader of the SPUC, John demonstrates his love, compassion and respect for the dignity of every human being.”

Mr Smeaton said he was ‘deeply honoured’ to receive the award and paid tribute to his fellow SPUC colleagues and members, who he described as ‘the salt of the earth.’

“The roll call of previous recipients of the Cardinal John J O’Connor—several of whom I have the honour to know personally—is humbling and inspiring,” he said. “May the prophetic work of Legatus, and its ambassadors for Christ in the US and throughout the world, continue to inspire and guide the world in our struggle to build anew a culture a life in our troubled world.”

In his keynote address to the summit last week, Mr Smeaton warned that ‘there is an unequivocal determination on the part of the world’s most powerful politicians and UN officials to promote access to abortion on demand in every country of the world.’

He noted that, over the decades, SPUC has kept the British Abortion Act out of Northern Ireland, run major campaigns against abortion in the Republic of Ireland and in Europe, and fought many costly legal battles.

“But we cannot defeat the culture of death, which threatens constantly to overwhelm us, on our own,” Mr Smeaton said. “Pro-life organisations and the wider community must be fortified by unequivocal, unyielding voices of Catholic Church officials and bishops throughout the world.”

 

Pictured left to right: Tom Monaghan (Legatus founder), Josephine Smeaton (John’s wife), John Smeaton, Mike Faricy (Legatus board)

 

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