The Following is an excerpt from an interview Voice for Life President Bernard had with the Taranaki Daily News on Friday April 20 discussing some of the “exciting” changes to the pro-life organisation.
Anti-abortion message spreading
Voice for Life, an anti-abortion group formerly known as SPUC, held a meeting in Stratford for its Taranaki members last night where national president Bernard Moran was speaking about developments within the organisation.
Mr Moran is the first male president in 25 years and although membership sits around 9000 it’s a far cry from the 46,000 members they had in the 1970s when the group was founded.
“We now have things like graphic videos on pro-life websites that have a lot of strict warnings around viewing them but are widely watched and make the process more realistic for people,” he said.
In the last two years more than 400 Auckland University students have become active Voice for Life members and Mr Moran says the interest from the younger generation came completely out of the blue.
“We don’t really know how it happened other than one of our members in Christchurch started to spread the word through the internet and it just took off,” he said.
“We’re at a point of transition and have made a lot of changes to our website and are aware we now need to use things like social media to drive discussions and education.”
Mr Moran said other universities across the country have students setting up pro-life groups and attracting members.