From George Square to St Andrew’s Cathedral. To mark the 50th anniversary of the Abortion Act.
6 pm: Gather in George Square
6:30 pm: Rosary
7 pm: Torchlight procession
7:30 pm: Mass in St Andrew’s Cathedral
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
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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 32: “So what’s next? What is my response to all I’ve read or viewed? What does this issue mean for me?”
Congratulations to the wonderful team of young people who spent a week travelling around the towns and cities of Scotland earlier this month, spreading the pro-life message. They had many good conversations with passers-by and got around 500 signatures for the petition against the decriminalisation of abortion. We were glad to be able to host them for their training and join them for their closing party, kindly hosted by the Knights of St Columba.
Project Truth is a Youth initiative of SPUC. This summer, they are running a roadshow, where 21 young people will be taking the pro-life message to the streets of Scotland in a positive and fun way. This is their biggest team yet.
Ways in which you can support Project Truth are:
1) Pray for all the participants and those that they will meet on the roadshow.
2) Contribute financially towards the running costs:
To donate please send a cheque payable to SPUC Scotland to :
75 Bothwell Street
Please put in a note to say this is towards the Project Truth Roadshow
Alternatively you can call the office to make a donation over the phone – please let them know that this is towards the Roadshow when you call
3) Come to the party to welcome the Project Truth team back at the end of their roadshow on 11th August:
Bishop John Keenan, of Paisley, writes a good summary of recent events:
“24 June BMA votes to back abortions up to birth in the UK. 27 June Amnesty calls for the decriminalisation of Abortion in the UK. 28 June BPAS releases survey suggesting record levels of support for abortion. 30 June Labour MP Stella Creasy forces the abortion issue at the Queen’s Speech and the Conservatives concede to funding for abortions for Irish women travelling to England.
Is it just me or does this look like a wholesale attack on the right to life of the unborn?
All these abortions involve our country in the killing of human beings and surely killing fellow human beings is more a harbinger of the impending collapse of a culture than any marker of a progressive society.”
Please sign this petition to say No to abortion decriminalisation: http://spucscotland.org/petition/