Cardiff University Students For Life is committed to educating students on matters of life. Through a series of interesting guest speakers and other activities over the course of the year, we hope to create a culture of life within the university, and to raise awareness of these important matters.
In the few short years since the society was founded, we have hosted a number of fascinating speakers, some of whom we really hope will visit us again. See below for examples of people we have had speak for us.
|Miss Lucy McCully of SPUC Scotland has spoken for us both in October 2008 and 2009. Lucy's general introduction to pro-life issues explained to us the development of the foetus, and the scientific reasoning why it should have equal rights with any other human person. She also focused on the negative effects abortion has on women, and told us how else life is threatened in society, such as through euthanasia and foetal stem cell research.
All in all, her talk gave an educational insight into some of the difficult discussions within such topics. For those unfamiliar to these arguments, Lucy laid helpful foundations, generated vital questions and aroused various thoughts concerning the matter of life.
|Prof. Neil Scolding (Institute of Clinical Neurosciences, University of Bristol): One of the most interesting and informative talks we've had to date! We learned that stem cells can be extracted from adult bone marrow and used for ground-breaking research. It was fascinating to learn how they can be manipulated to behave like embryonic stem cells and hold the potential to treat diseases such as leukaemia and Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy. We thoroughly enjoyed listening to Professor Scolding and would highly recommend attending his talks.|
|Dr Joseph Shaw (lecturer in Moral Philosophy at Oxford University): Dr. Shaw gave a highly engaging and provocative talk on the ethics surrounding the issues of euthanasia. His talk uncovered certain myths which have become, or which are becoming more prevalent in today's society. The crux of Dr. Shaw's talk centred around the concept of intent, an idea which, he told us, has been much ignored and abused in the field of philosophy. The many questions which followed built on the strength of the material Dr. Shaw had presented to his audience and he answered a variety of tough questions. Dr. Shaw was cleverly able to demonstrate through use of wide ranging examples which at first seemed unrelated, how a wide range of ethical concepts are covered by the idea of intent, and how pro-euthanasia arguments all pervert this moral framework.
|Bryan Kemper (Stand True, USA)
In November 2009, Bryan Kemper, a prolife activist from the USA, spoke to us using material from his new book, Social Justice Begins in the Womb. In a highly emotional talk, he powerfully compared the deaths of the millons of unborn babies due to abortion with the horrors of the Halocaust. He also gave us his own testimony of how he emerged from an abusive childhood and delinquent youth to become a key voice for the unborn.
| Baroness Ilora Finlay is a professor of Palliative Care in the University Hospital of Wales, Cardiff. In January 2010, she gave a talk entitled "Dying Well Matters", in which she spoke about the ethical issues surrounding palliative care and explored the issue of euthanasia. It was a highly informative talk, particularly for the medics among us! She explained how pro-euthanasia arguments would have no weight if proper palliative care were provided. See her speaking about euthanasia here.
|Stephen Barrie, of the Linacre Centre for Healthcare Ethics in Oxford, has been so kind as to speak for us on several occasions. In February 2010, he gave a talk about stem cell research and the pro-life issues that surround this particular field of scientific experimentation. This was particularly interesting as it was something many of us knew little about! He told us how there have been over 70 results from the ethically sound adult stem cell research, and none at all from stem cells taken from aborted foetuses.
In May, Stephen joined us again for a led discussion on the topic of assisted suicide and euthanasia.