50 Questions About Abortion: 7 – But what about abortion for the hard cases, say if the mother’s life is at risk?

March 2, 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 7: But what about abortion for the hard cases, say if the mother’s life is at risk?


50 Questions About Abortion: 6 – There has always been abortion. Surely it needs to be kept legal to keep it safe?

February 22, 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 6: There has always been abortion. Surely it needs to be kept legal to keep it safe?


YouTube Channel for the Cardinal Winning Pro-Life Initiative

February 20, 2017

We are pleased to announce that the Cardinal Winning Pro-Life Initiative now has it’s very own YouTube channel! You can take a look here:

http://www.youtube.com/channel/UCBZ4WRkoWH7P82VM4yiIQiw

It is an easy place to view all the videos that are posted of Sr Roseann week-by-week answering 50 questions to mark 50 years of the Abortion Act.

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50 Questions About Abortion: 5 – Surely abortion must be a woman’s right to choose what she does with her own body?

February 16, 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 5: Surely abortion must be a woman’s right to choose what she does with her own body?


My Fertility Matters (MFM) Project Training

February 14, 2017

The award winning MFM Project runs fertility education workshops for boys and girls in their pre-teen years. We are looking for women and men to become trainers.

“ I can only protect what I value and respect.”

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In a society where sex education is geared towards protecting young people from fertility (with negative connotations such as sexual abuse, STIs, abortion), this education programme seeks rather to teach young people to value their own body as a treasure and thus protect their fertility.

The girl’s workshop is titled ‘The Cycle Show’: the girls sit around the stage of life, made of colourful, beautiful materials. They experience what is going on inside their bodies through interactive elements, age appropriate props, storytelling and music.  

The boy’s workshop is titled ‘Agents on a Mission’: a James Bond style adventure around male anatomy, with lots of physical exercise. They also learning about the female body and fertilisation of an egg creating a new life.

Take home message – every one of us was a ‘double champion’ at the start of our lives – made from the champion sperm and the queen egg.

Have a look at their website here: www.mfmprojectuk.org

We would like to bring these fertility education workshops to Scotland and are looking for women and men who would like to train to teach these workshops. Women teach the girl’s workshop and men teach the boy’s workshop. Please get in touch with Jess if you are interested- email almjess@hotmail.com. And you can also contact the UK Co-ordinator Hilary Hodgson info@mfmprojectuk.org  

There is training scheduled in Bollington, Cheshire this year:

Men’s training (“Agents on a Mission”): Thursday 20th April – Friday 21st April

Women’s training (“The Cycle Show”): Saturday 6th May – Sunday 7th May

If there is sufficient interest, then we can also organise training in Glasgow at a later date.


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.


50 Questions About Abortion: 4 – But it’s just an embryo or foetus at this early stage and not quite human yet?

February 9, 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 4: But it’s just an embryo or foetus at this early stage and not quite human yet?