Anne Lastman A Reflection “Peter,” The Holy Father, Pope Francis, without breaking the line of…
Have just returned from Voice for Life conference in Dunedin, New Zealand where I gave two talks and fielded a session (forum) of questions and answers.
It was a marvellous conference full of life, energy and dynamic speakers like Hillary Kieft whose personal story is one of pain and victory and who will be a dynamic force for life.
Dr Chris Pemberton Research Associate Professor at the University of Otago, Christchurch School of Medicine, he is an Endocrinologist and has many more accolades. His talk was on “The Beginning and the End Euthanasia- Its on the radar:” Chris also spoke about abortion and what do medical students and neonatalogists think of this practice.
Another speaker Brendan Malone a really strong speaker on abortion and is involved in reaching out to the young through speaking at university and high school forums. He speaks to the youth on matters of leadership, values and ethical issues. He is involved in pro life apologetics. Brendan is so dynamic that it was easy to see why the youth would be attracted and encouraged to be involved. His obvious passion for apologetics and life makes him really listen-able.
Other speakers were James Bedingfield and his Pro life team from Hawkes Bay whose work in pro life began with the fetal models and now he and his team work to save babies from death.
Another two speakers were Kate and Jordan who also do work of saving babies “I do not want to live in a town where the systematic destruction of the lives of precious children can take place silently without a word of protest” (Thank God for such thought).
I for my part did two talks, one on post abortion grief and a second on the similarities between the suffering of abortion grief and the suffering following sexual abuse and the link between sexual abuse and multiple abortions. Both of the talks I think were well received especially the second one.
I particularly enjoyed the forum type third session 45 minutes (all the talks were about 45 minutes-50 minutes) where questions and answers are possible without “time constraints” as usual after a talk when only 3-4 questions are quickly permitted.
Anyway I want to thank Bernard Moran President of Voice for Life, New Zealand, and Steve Jauney, also Voice for Life, for the invitation and for looking after me so well. Hope we meet again.