Journalist condemns pro-life groups in Catholic schools. Please respond to his article.

February 9, 2017

An article was published in ‘The National’ newspaper on Tuesday 7th February. The article was titled “Michael Gray: So-called pro-life campaign groups have no place in our schools”. The article contains prejudiced views and misinformation about the pro-life movement and is also against Catholic schools promoting Catholic values and teachings.

You can view the article here: http://www.thenational.scot/news/15073792.Michael_Gray__So_called_pro_life_campaign_groups_have_no_place_in_our_schools/

Please read the article and respond constructively. Below is Sr Roseann’s response to the article:

 

Re Michael Gray’s article: So-called pro life campaign groups have no place in our schools. 

I have seldom read a more biased, inaccurate and simplistic article on the issue of pro-life groups and their involvement in schools. 

Firstly, both schools mentioned are Catholic schools, which, like it or loathe it, have a right to teach and foster Catholic values, among which respect for the sanctity of all human life would be a given – a real dog bites man story here, certainly not news.  If you don’t like Catholic values and teaching, don’t send your children to a Catholic school.  Secondly, as someone who has run the Cardinal Winning Pro-Life Initiative since its inception almost 20 years ago, I don’t recall ever having spoken to or meeting Michael Gray. He knows nothing about us and the ‘little research’ he claims to have done would seem to me to be very little indeed.  Had he taken the time to contact us, he might have discovered a few interesting things such as the fact that over the last 20 years, while a government baby box was only a twinkle in someone’s eyes, we have been providing practical help to thousands of Scottish women facing a crisis pregnancy due to fear, lack of support, poverty and much more.

Through the work of the Pro-Life Initiative, these women are given the practical and emotional support to allow them to make an informed choice.  Every day I speak to women facing a choice of abortion and the most common thing they say to me is, “I want to have my baby, but how can I because of … [insert her many different reasons, most often not to do with the baby but with lack of support and very real social and emotional issues].

What we do in offering that support is give women real choice.  He is wrong in his assertion that the pro-life movement isn’t personal; we are very personal indeed, treating every woman who comes to us with the dignity and respect they deserve

I don’t ‘want to remove the right of women to make decisions over their own bodies’ as claimed in the article, but here we come to the heart of the matter: it is not only their body which is involved in an abortion decision, it is also the life of their unborn child.  Again, this is not pro-life propaganda.  I challenge Michael Gray and anyone else reading this to search online ‘development of 10-week child in the womb’ (10 weeks is the stage of most abortions in Scotland).

We simply believe women deserve better than abortion and the child in the womb deserves the most basic human right – the right to life.  If you want young people to have the facts, then these facts must include the reality of the development of the unborn child and the facts of what abortion is.  I have never forced any women to give birth against her wishes – how could I possibly do so?

Neither have I ever stigmatised any women. And as for the old chestnut of an argument that women will return to ‘backstreet abortions’ – is he really serious?  Have women advanced nowhere in the past 50 years?

Finally, as regards contraception, I have never dealt with any woman, no matter how young, who didn’t know about contraception and yet, despite the widespread availability of contraception and years of ‘expert sexual health advice’ and campaigns, Scotland still has an alarmingly high abortion rate and an epidemic in sexually transmitted disease.  Again, it is simply a fact that contraception leads to abortion: one always follows the other because, once you’ve told people that they can have sex without consequences, especially the consequence of a child, you have to offer the back up of abortion if it fails. And it does fail, with stunning regularity.  Let’s see if any of Scotland’s political and educational leaders would ever be bold enough to speak out on this.

 

Yours,

 

Sr Roseann Reddy

Project Co-ordinator

PS.  Michael, if you ever want to come and see what we really do, you’d be more than welcome.


40 Days For Life: 1st March – 9th April 2017

February 6, 2017

40 Days For Life is taking place in several locations around Scotland over Lent. 40 days for life is a worldwide movement that involves keeping prayerful vigil outside abortions facilities – for 40 days. The aim is to pray for a change of heart in women seeking abortion, to pray for the unborn children lost to abortion, to pray for the staff involved in providing abortion, to be able to offer women information about alternatives to abortion and offer help to those broken by abortion. The ultimate aim is to pray for an end to abortion. Many hearts have been changed through this prayerful witness – mothers have decided to keep their babies, staff have left the abortion industry. You can watch one such story about a former Planned Parenthood manager, Abby Johnson here:

Sr Roseann will be speaking at the opening rally in Glasgow on Saturday 25th February. Sr Andrea will be speaking at the opening rally in Dundee on Sunday 26th February.

Please do get involved if you can. You can commit to as little or as much of the vigil as you want. Contact details for the vigils can be found on the 40 days for life website:

Glasgow: https://40daysforlife.com/local-campaigns/glasgow/

Edinburgh: https://40daysforlife.com/local-campaigns/edinburgh/

Dundee: https://40daysforlife.com/local-campaigns/dundee/

Aberdeen: https://40daysforlife.com/local-campaigns/aberdeen/

 


March For Life Success

February 4, 2017

The group of young people from Scotland who attended the March for Life in Washington DC last week, marched along with at least 700,000 others. They are featured in this official video of the March for Life. As well as attending the march, they took part in an excellent Students for Life conference.


Good Morning Scotland on Feminism Excluding ‘Anti-Choice’ Women

January 30, 2017

Dear All,

Yesterday morning (Sunday 29th Jan) whilst listening to Good Morning Scotland there was a very interesting piece on the women’s march which took place last week in America, there was, of course, absolutely no mention of the March for Life which took place on Friday and which has easily as many women involved.

However the real cause for concern in this discussion about feminism and the women’s movement was the following discussion which took place and which I now share with you.

This can also be heard on the listen again facility on the BBC Scotland website. Just Google Good Morning Scotland and search for yesterday’s programme. The discussion starts at 1:50:40  I highly recommend that you listen if you can. Link: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b0890l21

For those who don’t have access to listen again I’m putting the discussion below:

Following on from one of the contributors saying “One of the great things about the Women’s Movement is that it is as broad as women are”

There then followed a discussion on how an ‘anti-choice coalition’ (that’s us by the way, for pro-life they say anti-choice) had tried to join the women’s march and it had been decided that this wouldn’t be allowed.

And now I quote

Contributor: “Feminism was inhospitable to anti-choice ideas, so there is a broad church but I think we do have to be mindful”

Presenter: “so this is what I want to know, Can you be anti-choice and be in the feminist movement?”

Contributor: “I think you can certainly for yourself have the view that your religion or belief prohibits you yourself from having an abortion, from terminating a pregnancy. I think if your position is that you want to stop other women from exercising choice and physical autonomy the answer is no, feminism as a label doesn’t extend to you.”

Presenter: “That’s the conclusion we came to in the office before the programme this morning.” End

Quite incredible that they have already decided that we should have no say in this ‘debate’ at all, by virtue of the fact that we want to offer women a real choice we are to be silenced. Well it’s up to us to make sure this doesn’t happen.

Please, please get in touch with the BBC and make your voice heard, pointing out the discrimination against women by women, the bias nature of the reporting and the lack of fairness in what is presented as news, particularly the heavy coverage given to the Women’s March and the non-existent coverage given to the March for Life.

As you know this year marks the 50th anniversary of the 1967 Abortion Act and there is going to be a lot of coverage of this issue, we need to make sure that we are given our place. We are not going away.

You can complain online through the website bbc.co.uk

Post: BBC Complaints, PO Box 1922, Darlington, DL3 0UR

Phone: 03700 100 222 or 03700 100 212 (textphone)

Please also pass this letter onto anyone you think who may be interested and put it on your social media. We need to let them know that there is an army of pro-life women in Scotland who will not be silenced.

 

With every best wish,

Sr Roseann