Conscientious Objection

February 24, 2018

Scottish midwife, great friend of ours and all round remarkable person, Mary Doogan, tells the Mail why she is supporting a much-needed change in the law regarding conscience. She was forced out of her job as a senior midwife after refusing to supervise abortions.

“I don’t believe any midwife should be put in that position. It goes against why I went into midwifery in the first place. My role was to bring life into the world. My patients were the woman and the baby. I have always felt a professional duty to both.”

Read the full article here 

You can visit to find out more about the Conscientious Objection (Medical Activities) Bill and please consider making contact with your MP asking them to support the Bill.



Respect for Jacob Rees-Mogg

September 14, 2017

Sad to see the media slamming down on a politician’s personal beliefs, when Jacob Rees-Mogg specifically stated that his personal belief in abortion being indefensible and belief in the Catholic faith would not affect democracy or laws in the UK. What an intolerant society we live in. In this environment it was brave for Jacob Rees-Mogg to honestly state his personal belief in the sanctity of life from the moment of conception. His is an example for us all to hold firm in our position when facing hostile questioning.


SPUC has written an article contrasting this interview with another by Ann Furedi, the leader of the abortion provider BPAS, who wants to legalise abortion in all circumstances.

‘Lifeline’ change name, no longer pro-life

September 1, 2017
Recently there has been same coverage in the press about Lifeline and its proposed name change (  The following is a response I made to the article in the Scottish Catholic Observer:

It is indeed a great shame that a group with such a pro-life and Catholic history should feel it necessary to remove the word life from its name because “the word life has become toxic”.

Even more worrying is the statement “but Lifeline doesn’t mean pro-life, we’re non-judgemental”. Here at the Cardinal Winning Pro-Life Initiative we are very proud to be pro-life and are certainly not, nor ever have been, judgemental.

More importantly, everyone should be aware that Lifeline can no longer expect the support of the Catholic and Pro-Life communities, not because of their proposed name change but because of the direction they have now chosen to take.

The Lifeline website states under their ‘where to get help’ tab, “If we are not open or able to provide the appropriate support, we recommend the following agencies.” Top of their list is the Chambers Street Sexual Health Centre which, among its services clearly stated on the Lifeline website, is “can refer for abortion”.

Please read and share as I wouldn’t want anyone to be compromised in giving support to this now, no longer, pro-life group.

Sr Roseann


Say NO to decriminalisation of abortion in the UK

July 4, 2017

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:


2016 Abortion Statistics for Scotland

June 3, 2017

Abortion Statistics 2016

Number of abortions:

12,063 abortions were carried out in Scotland in 2016 (11.6 per 1000 women), a similar number as in 2015 (12,134 abortions). The rate of abortion in England and Wales is higher (17.0 per 1000 women).

In 1968, when the Abortion Act was implemented, there were 1500 abortions. The number of abortions then steadily increased to a peak of 13,908 abortions in 2008. Since 2008 the number of abortions was falling, until a rise again last year.

Age group:

The highest rate of abortion in 2016 was for women in their 20’s, with 19.1 abortions per 1000 women aged 20-24 years old and 15.9 abortions per 1000 women aged 25 to 29 years old.

In the age group 30-39 years, there was a rise of 17.5% in the rate of abortion in 2015. The rate has stayed about the same in 2016.

The rate of abortion in teenagers has been falling since 2007. The abortion rate in under 16 year olds was 1.5 per 1000 girls. The abortion rate in 16-19 year olds was 14.6 per 1000.

Method of abortion:

Medical abortions (using drugs) were allowed in the UK since 1991, in 1992 16.4% of abortions were medical. In 2016, 82.9% of all abortions carried out were medical, 17.1% of abortions carried out were surgical.

73.5% of abortions took place under 9 weeks gestation.

Repeat abortions:

1/3 abortions are carried out in women who have previously had an abortion.

Reasons for abortion:

The vast majority of abortions are carried out due to social reasons (98.2% = 11,841 abortions).

Disability accounted for 1.8% of all abortions in 2016:

There were 214 abortions on the ground of risk of disability, which is the highest number yet. 75 were for chromosomal abnormalities (eg. Down’s syndrome), 49 were for conditions of the nervous system (eg. spina bifida), and 51 were for other structural abnormalities (eg. heart defect, kidney abnormality).

8 abortions (0.07% of all abortions) were carried out because there was a serious risk to the mother’s life.

For the full report, please click on this link


MS patient defers plans for assisted suicide

May 19, 2017

An MS patient in Inverness has deferred his plans to end his life at an assisted suicide clinic in Switzerland, after another MS patient contacted him and encouraged him to seek more support. This contact and support has given him a new optimism about life.

A video about this story can be viewed on the BBC website:

We believe in the value of every human life. This story shows what a positive difference personal contact and support from each one of us can have on another person’s life when they are struggling.


Knights of St Columba Supreme Council

November 4, 2016

Last weekend, Sister Roseann, postulant Jess and volunteer Louise were honoured to be invited to the Knights of St Columba’s Supreme Council. They enjoyed the Saturday evening banquet, with socialising and listening to speeches and then on Sunday morning they gave talks to the ladies and attended Mass. Sr Roseann spoke about the history of involvement of the Knights of St Columba with the Cardinal Winning Pro-Life Initiative. Louise spoke about Project Truth, a youth initiative of SPUC, which the Knights have helped with. Jess spoke about what led to her joining the Sisters of the Gospel of Life. The Knights of St Columba have always been very helpful in giving practical, spiritual and financial support to the work of the Sisters of the Gospel of Life at the Cardinal Winning Pro-Life Initiative. Over the weekend, the ladies (wives of the Knights) fundraised an amazing £1000 to help us and also donated baby clothes and toys (pictured). We are very grateful for their support.

For more information about the Knights of St Columba, visit

For more information about Project Truth, visit

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