Radio programmes about abortion

October 19, 2017

In this month of the 50th Anniversary of the Abortion Act in the UK, Radio 4 has had a couple of programmes that are worth listening to. Below are links where you can ‘listen again’:

1) Moral Maze (11th October) http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b097c1g3

2) “It’s my baby too”: men and abortion (9th October) http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b08tgjky

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Abortion On Trial: BBC 2 Monday 9pm

October 14, 2017

A documentary by Anne Robinson, in which women discuss the topic of abortion, their experiences and what they think of the abortion law, will be shown on BBC 2 on Monday 16th October at 9 pm.

Below is a link to an article giving more details and a trailer

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-41565851

Following the programme, SPUC has written a review, which can be found at https://www.spuc.org.uk/news/news-stories/2017/october/abortion-on-trial

Margaret Cuthill, who has worked with post-abortive women for years, comments: “Vulnerable women in an unplanned pregnancy are being seriously manipulated by the abortion industry in the UK.  This programme was not about looking at how abortion has damaged women or the real failings within the 1967 Act, it was a blatant attack to remove what protections are on law at the moment.” “As an abortion recovery counsellor of many years what I saw  in those sharing their experience was the unresolved emotional pain that had taken them to justifying the death of their children by denial.  This includes Anne Robinson, who stated she had not looked at her pain.  Tell the full story stop lying to mothers that their children are disposable!”


SPUC Scotland Conference

October 12, 2017

We loved the SPUC Scotland Conference last Saturday! There were 3 fantastic speakers and breaks between talks which gave a good chance to talk to other pro-lifers attending the conference.

The first speaker was David Quinn, from Ireland. David spoke on ‘The Dictatorship of Relativism’. He showed us how society thinks it is OK for everyone to have their own beliefs, as long as they think that all beliefs are equal. However, in the name of equality, society has become intolerant of anyone who holds that all viewpoints are not equal. Minority groups (like LGBT, Muslims) are promoted and protected. This has stopped speech that may be valid and legitimate criticism (rather that hate speech). Anyone who disagrees with a lifestyle is termed a bigot and silenced. It is now deemed judgemental and intolerant to favour marriage as the best environment for bringing up children. There is the attempt to create uniformity in the name of diversity.

The second speaker was Clare Bremner, a counsellor from ARCH. She gave an amazing and heartbreaking insight into the mind of a woman, ‘Ellie’, who finds herself in a crisis pregnancy and ends up having an abortion. Explaining how the rapid change in hormones in the first trimester of pregnancy makes her emotionally up and down. How her threat system is activated, leading to ‘get me out of here’ tunnel vision, with abortion seeming the only emergency exit. However after an abortion the woman looks back and sees all the factors which drove her to having an abortion are actually not as disastrous as they seemed at the time and then she can be filled with regret and self-loathing. Often women who have had an abortion hope to become pregnant again soon afterwards. Thankfully the story had a happy ending, as compassion focussed therapy can help a woman to forgive and love herself once more after the trauma of abortion. In the words of Ellie ‘ARCH saved me’. Anyone suffering after abortion can contact ARCH for free help www.archtrust.org.uk 0845 603 8501

The third speaker was Stephanie Gray, from Canada (who is half Scottish). She lead us through an approach to constructively engage in conversation and debate with those who are pro-choice. Using an ‘ask questions and tell parables’ approach, drawing her inspiration from the approach of Jesus Christ in the Bible. Try to find something in what the other person says that you agree with. But then ask another question or illustrate your point with an analogy. For example, say ‘I agree with you, to be pregnant and poor would be hard. Imagine this, imagine you have a woman who is pregnant and not poor. She has her baby and 2 years later becomes poor. Is it OK for her to kill her child because she is in poverty?’ Also consider what the prior life experiences of the person have been and reach their heart. Sometimes, a pro-choicer is asking a question not to find out whether the unborn child is human but whether the pro-lifer is human. For example, in the case of rape. We would highly recommend her book ‘Love Unleashes Life’, which gives examples of what she spoke on.

We very much look forward to next year’s SPUC Scotland conference.

Below: the SPUC Scotland and ARCH team


50 Questions About Abortion: 35 – Catholic Church on abortion

October 4, 2017

This year is the 50th anniversary of the passing of the 1967 Abortion Act in the UK. Sr Roseann is answering 50 questions about abortion, to mark the 50th anniversary.

Question 35: “What does the Catholic Church have to say about abortion?”


SPUC Conference This Saturday!

October 2, 2017

Book your ticket here:

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/spuc-scotland-national-conference-tickets-37419581977


Rachel’s Vineyard Retreat in November

September 29, 2017

Rachel’s Vineyard is a safe place to renew and rebuild your life after experiencing the trauma of abortion. The healing weekends offer a supportive, confidential and non-judgemental environment where women and men can deal with painful post-abortive emotions. 

A Rachel’s Vineyard weekend retreat for spiritual and emotional healing after abortion will be held north of Glasgow on Tuesday 7th – Thursday 9th November.  This confidential, supportive retreat is powerful for anyone who has been affected by their own or someone else’s abortion experience. For more information, please call Sr Andrea on 07816 942824 or email Marene via the enquiry form on the website www.rachelsvineyard.org.uk 


50 Questions About Abortion: 34 – Isn’t abortion just a Catholic issue?

September 25, 2017

This year is the 50th anniversary of the passing of the 1967 Abortion Act in the UK. Sr Roseann is answering 50 questions about abortion, to mark the 50th anniversary.

Question 34: “Isn’t abortion just a Catholic issue?”