Pro-Life Day - Sunday, 1st February, 2015
The President of Malta H.E. Marie Louise Coleiro Preca
during the Manifestation in favour of Life
organised by the Malta Unborn Child Movement
at the Caravaggio Oratory of John's Cathedral, Valletta, MALTA
Risks to the Unborn Child
by Dr Bruce Curry, Institute of Social and Preventative Medicine, University of Geneva
Call for World Bank to redefine poverty indicator to include the life of the unborn child
London (25 October 2013). The World Bank must define life expectancy, its key poverty indicator, as starting at the time of conception and not at the time of birth if millions of lives are to be saved from injury or death. International public health experts, writing in the Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine, said that definitional oversight, in which the life of the child is inadvertently cut into two, 'inside' and 'outside' the womb, covers up risks to the fetus and is particularly unfair to children born in areas increasingly at risk to disasters and already disadvantaged by poverty, hunger and social deprivation. This segmented definition, said the authors, should be replaced by a new inclusive way of thinking about 'the unborn child'.
The World Health Organisation has estimated that there are 200 million plus conceptions globally each year, mostly among disadvantaged groups in disadvantaged areas. The first nine months of life are vulnerable to risks, not just medical but employment, agricultural, security, energy and climate risks. Lead author, Dr Bruce Currey, of the Institute of Social and Preventative Medicine, University of Geneva, said: "Social and environmental risks and hazards affecting mother and baby during pregnancy may reduce the resilience of the child in the next stages of life's journey." He continued: "Until now, the nine months between conception and birth are being ignored in the UN disaster and climate change discourse."
Risks to the unborn infant have a potentially massive global impact. The consequent mortality and disability-adjusted life year burden resulting from mishaps to the estimated 200 million plus pregnancies each year is so large that it cannot be comprehended. In contrast the circa 30,000 people who die globally from natural disasters represent only a very small proportion of the unnecessary deaths of unborn children in the world.
Dr Currey said: "To prevent this global toll and to begin to reduce the reality of risks to the unborn infant, the medical, health and midwifery professions must together advocate concerted action to fill the nine month gap – ignored by so many organisations and policy makers." He added: "This challenges us to accept a very broad concept of integrated health, drawing from expertise far outside the traditional medical specialties. On the one hand, medicine's wider role must reach out to embrace economists, engineers and climatologists. On the other hand economists, engineers and climatologists have to be persuaded by gynaecologists and obstetricians to see risk reduction for the unborn child and thus improved pregnancy outcomes as measurable performance indicators of their endeavours."0
Minister Leo Brincat
From: Malta Unborn Child Movement - MUCM
MUCM meets Minister Leo Brincat on 8-6-2015
“A baby with one or more major birth defects is born in Malta every three days”.
Statement by the Maltese Directorate for Health Information and Research
On October 17, 2013, Hon Leo Brincat, Minister for Sustainable Development and Climate Change, said that efforts must be made to integrate climate change adaptation with the development process and that vulnerable groups are most threatened by climate change.
He was speaking at a conference on climate change: ‘2015 and beyond: what is the future of development and development education in Malta?’.
He stressed that the vulnerable groups in society, such as those with low incomes, were the people most affected by climate change.
Another vulnerable group is that of about 4,000 unborn children every year in the Maltese islands.
On 28-5-15 MUCM requested a meeting with Minister Leo Brincat and sent him, in advance, the four articles in The Times of Malta mentioned below.
On 8-6-2015 a Malta Unborn Child Movement (MUCM) delegation met Hon. Leo Brincat, Minister for Sustainable Development, the Environment and Climate Change at the Ministry, Casa Leone, St Venera.
The delegation was made up of Mr Tony Mifsud, Coordinator of Movement, Ms Grace Attard, Vice President of the National Council of Women (NCW) and Ms Mary Buttigieg Said, President of the Malta Midwives Association (MMA). NCW and MMA are member organisations in MUCM. The Labour Party, the Nationalist Party and Alternattiva Demokratika are member organisations in MUCM.
The delegation again presented to the Minister the salient points of the four articles by MUCM on Womb Ecology.... the Sustainable Development of the Unborn Child.... Climate Change in the Womb..... and Protection of the Womb.... which appeared in The Times of Malta lately.
The delegation informed the Minister that in an article ‘Measures to reduce certain birth defects’ (Times of Malta 5/3/2015), the Maltese Directorate for Health Information and Research declared that “a baby with one or more major birth defects is born in Malta every three days”.
The delegation suggested:
1. The Ministry invests in "Development Education" about the sustainable development of the unborn child.
2. Considering that the Maltese Parialment is totally in favour of the rights, protection and development of the unborn child Malta should specialise in Womb Ecology, especially with The Barts Hospital, to open soon in Malta.
3. The Minister would make a proposal to the United Nations Climate Chnage Summit, next September in New York, to concentrate on womb ecology in an eventual " meaningful UN Global Agreement on Climate Change".
It was agreed that MUCM would make these proposals to the Office of the Prime Minister, the Ministry of Health, the Ministry of Education and Employment and the Maltese members of the European Parliament.
In 2012, 5.2 million children were born in the 28 countries of the European Union while about four million unborn children were aborted. In Malta and Gozo, about 4,000 children are born annually. About 300 abortions are made, almost all overseas, by people living in Malta and Gozo.
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During the Global Thematic Consultation on Environmental Sustainability in the Post-2015 Development Agenda in May 2013 it was stated that the primal right of every human being is to be born healthy and peaceful.
On 8-6-2015 the Malta Unborn Child Movement proposed to Minister Brincat to suggest to the UN summit in Sept 2015 the introduction of womb ecology in a meaningful UN global agreement on climate change
ENCYCLICAL LETTER LAUDATO SI’
OF THE HOLY FATHER FRANCIS
ON CARE FOR OUR COMMON HOME - Publshed 18-6-2015
Chapter 3 - THE CRISIS AND EFFECTS OF MODERN ANTHROPOCENTRISM
Paragraph 120. On ABORTION
Since everything is interrelated, concern for the protection of nature is also incompatible with the justification of abortion. How can we genuinely teach the importance of concern for other vulnerable beings, however troublesome or inconvenient they may be, if we fail to protect a human embryo, even when its presence is uncomfortable and creates difficulties? “If personal and social sensitivity towards the acceptance of the new life is lost, then other forms of acceptance that are valuable for society also wither away”
Chapter 4 On INTEGRAL ECOLOGY
Paragraph 137. Since everything is closely interrelated, and today’s problems call for a vision capable of taking into account every aspect of the global crisis, I suggest that we now consider some elements of an integral ecology, one which clearly respects its human and social dimensions.
I. ENVIRONMENTAL, ECONOMIC AND SOCIAL ECOLOGY
Paragraph 138. Ecology studies the relationship between living organisms and the environment in which they develop. This necessarily entails reflection and debate about the conditions required for the life and survival of society, and the honesty needed to question certain models of development, production and consumption. It cannot be emphasized enough how everything is interconnected..... 0
Ioanna Mari, president of the World Organisation of Prenatal Education Associations, an NGO having a special consultative status with the Economic and Social Council of the United Nation, said: “If we really desire, as nations and as an international community, to prepare a new ‘eco-conscious, ‘eco-friendly’ generation that respects both the environment and human beings we undoubtedly must give them an ecological education.”
When Thomas Verny, of the University of Toronto, was asked how we should educate the new generation and which is the appropriate time to start such education, he answered: “From the mother’s womb.”
He summarised the result of his research with the words: “Womb ecology, world ecology”. Verny is a psychiatrist, a family therapist and a researcher and author of the book The Secret Life of the Unborn Child.
‘Measures to reduce certain birth defects’
In an article ‘Measures to reduce certain birth defects’ (Times of Malta March 5, 2015) The Maltese Directorate for Health Information and Research declared: “a baby with one or more major birth defects is born in Malta every three days”.
Maltese Paediatrician Prof Victor Grech recommended that “while planning a pregnancy, it is important that aspiring mothers take care of their health because this can reduce certain birth defects... Take folic acid, which can drastically reduce the incidence of spina bifida [a congenital disorder]”.
“Cut down on, and, if possible, eliminate, alcohol consumption and stop smoking. If you have a poor diet, the obstetrician will recommend you take a multivitamin preparation.
"Unfortunately, most people don’t prepare for pregnancy.”
From: The Economist : Prenatal health and life outcomes - See full article in: Articles
Unequal beginnings April 4th, 2015
A child’s long-term well-being is more profoundly shaped by influences in pregnancy than used to be realized.
HALF a century ago doctors saw the fetus as a “perfect parasite”—absorbing what it needed but sealed off in the womb from any harm done to the mother. About half of American women smoked through pregnancy. When babies were born with the damage now described as fetal-alcohol syndrome, heredity was blamed.
Since then it has become a commonplace that healthy habits and good nutrition during pregnancy make it less likely that a baby will be born early, underweight or ill. Now a growing body of research is showing that problems caused by the prenatal environment may not be apparent at birth, but can resonate throughout life. Infections, hunger, stress and air pollution have been implicated in a host of long-term problems for those exposed to them in utero, including bad health, poor school results and lower earnings. Even relatively minor exposure can increase the odds of suffering from chronic disease or disability.
From: Economics and Ethics