The Baroness O’Cathain and
The Christian Broadcasting Council
hosted a meeting
‘What Price Life?’
Wednesday 14 May 2008 - House of Lords
The Human Fertilisation and Embryology Bill received its Second Reading in the Commons on Monday 12 May and goes to Committee starting 19 and 20 May 2008. At this meeting we presented three of the issues which most concern Christians and very many other people. These include the sanctity of human life, definition of family and the creation of hybrid human-animal embryos.
Lady O’Cathain - Chairman’s Introduction
Olave Snelling, Christian Broadcasting Council - CBC introduction
David Burrowes MP - Creating Hybrids
Lady O’Cathain - Saviour Siblings
Rebecca Bensted, Lawyers Christian Fellowship - Fatherlessness
Dr Peter Saunders, Christian Medical Fellowship - Medical Perspective
Dan Boucher, CARE - The Christian Campaign
Richard Smart, Premier Media Group - Latest Research
BRIEF BIOGRAPHIES OF CONTRIBUTORS
Baroness O'Cathain, OBE – Saviour Siblings
After a highly successful career in private-sector industry, Lady O’Cathain was awarded a life peerage in 1991 and has since consistently played a leadership role in a wide range of Parliamentary debates, particularly on important moral issues which challenge Christian belief or threaten greater secularisation in society. The CBC was delighted that, having led the Saviour Sibling debate amendments in the House of Lords on 15 Jan 2008 that Lady O’Cathain discussed this issue at this meeting.
Dr Peter Saunders (Christian Medical Fellowship) – Scientific debate
Dr Peter Saunders is a former general surgeon and is General Secretary of The Christian Medical Fellowship. The CMF was founded in 1949 and has over 4,500 British doctor members in all branches of medicine, and over 1,000 student members.
David Burrowes MP (Shadow Minister for Justice) – Creating Hybrids
With a background as a solicitor and Conservative councillor and parliamentary candidate in the Borough of Enfield, David was elected as Member of Parliament in May 2005. In July 2007, he was appointed Shadow Minister for Justice. He is actively involved on several select committees including the HFE Bill, and is the Chairman of the Conservative Christian Fellowship.
Rebecca Bensted (LCF)– Fatherlessness
Having graduated in Law from St Catherine's College, Cambridge in 1992, Rebecca was at the Common Law Bar for five years before moving to BPP Law school, London, where she works part-time as an Associate Principle Lecturer. She is on the National Committee and Public Policy Team at the Lawyers' Christian Fellowship.
Dr Dan Boucher (CARE) – the Christian Campaign
Dan is the Director of Parliamentary Affairs at Care (the social policy charity) CARE is a well-established mainstream Christian charity providing resources and helping to bring Christian insight and experience to matters of public policy and practical caring initiatives.
Richard Smart (Premier Media Group) - Latest Research Just Released
Richard is an Executive Director at PMG. He joined Premier Radio 3 years ago as Marketing Manager after many years in the pharmaceutical industry.
Olave Snelling, Chairman, Christian Broadcasting Council
Olave Snelling is an established and highly respected TV/ Radio producer. Having worked on four continents in print journalism, TV, radio and film, as Chairman of the Christian Broadcasting Council her mission is to contribute to the proclamation of the Gospel to the nations.