Doctors speak out against the decriminalisation of abortion

July 29, 2017

At the end of June, the BMA sadly voted in favour of ‘Motion 50’ to decriminalise abortion. It is interesting to watch the videos of those doctors who spoke against the motion. On the link provided you can view a series of 5 videos, one for each of the speakers against ‘Motion 50’ (decriminalisation of abortion). Of particular interest, note how none of the visible audience at the AGM put up their hand when asked if they had read all of the briefing document about this motion.  The vote was taken by a small number of doctors were present at the AGM, despite a petition signed by 1500 doctors against Motion 50. The BMA is the trade union for doctors in the UK. Not all doctors are members and some have left the BMA following this vote. Nobody becomes a doctor to kill babies, yet that is what abortion is. A dead baby is your worst nightmare. It is very sad that doctors have voted in favour of a motion that promotes the taking of human life. “First do no harm” is a central principle in medicine. The sanctity of human life has long been recognised. In the Hippocratic Oath (~425 BC), which all doctors used to take, is the statement “I will give no deadly medicine to anyone if asked, nor suggest any such counsel; and in like manner I will not give to any woman a pessary to produce abortion. With purity and holiness I will pass my life and practice my Art.” The BMA wrote a “revised Hippocratic Oath” in 1997, changing the statement that previously prohibited abortion to “Where abortion is permitted, I agree that it should take place only within an ethical and legal framework.” Looking back at prior policies made by the BMA, the recent move to decriminalise abortion is another step down the road of many years of the BMA pushing to liberalise abortion (1). In 1984, the BMA sought to legalise abortion in Northern Ireland. The issue was brought up again in 2003, when the BMA requested the government to provide abortion for women in Northern Ireland. In 2006 the BMA states that it ‘deplored’ the re-criminalisation of abortion in South Dakota and would discourage American healthcare organisations from restricting their liberal abortion policy. In 2007 the BMA wanted to decriminalise first trimester abortions, so that they would be “available on the same basis of informed consent as other procedures”, without the requirement of the consent of two doctors.

For any patient outside of the womb, enormous efforts are taken and resources put into saving the patient’s life. A patient refusing life-saving treatment is spoken to again and again and efforts made to persuade a patient to change their mind. Suicidal patients are closely supervised and discouraged from committing suicide. Why are the same efforts not put into saving the lives of our unborn when their mother goes to a doctor asking for an abortion?

(1. BMA Policy Book 2016-2017)


SPUC Youth Conference 2016

March 15, 2016

A bus load of young adults travelled to England to SPUC’s Youth Conference and endured the 10 hours journey to hear some amazing speakers including Catherine Macmillan who was speaking for the first time since her daughter Sara died at the beginning of this year.  Everyone I have spoken to who heard her were moved by her testimony.

The fruits that can emerge from helping a young adult to attend prolife conferences are many including educating them in some of the most profound topics of our day!  It is not easy to stand up for life especially in a culture that puts pressure on young people to all be the same and be for abortion as a right.  We applaud all the young people who attended the conference but especially our own Scottish contingent!

 

Scottish contingent at the SPUC Youth Conference in Hoddesdon

SPUC Scotland's photo.

Forty Days for Life Scotland

January 12, 2016

SPUC Scotland has announced that Forty Days for Life (where a prayerful vigil is held outside places where abortions are done for 40 days), is to start for the first time in Scotland starting in Lent 2016, ( February 10th – March 20th) in Glasgow.

Vigil location: Outside of the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital Hardgate Road entrance Govan Glasgow- (formerly site of Southern General Hospital)

Vigil hours: (8 AM — 8 PM every day)

Local contact: rachelforty@outlook.com

Learn more … and get involved:

40daysforlife.com/Glasgow

40 Days for Life hold a vigil outside the BPAS clinic in Bedford Square (PA)

We have long followed this campaign and seen the fruits and blessings it has brought to pregnant women and their babies through a powerful, prayerful witness.  However, it is not without it’s challenges from those who are against the cause of allowing women to have a choice and do not want any silent witness outside the abortion clinics.

Here is a podcast discussing a recent case which may have an effect on the Forty Days for Life campaign.

http://www.catholicherald.co.uk/commentandblogs/2015/12/02/podcast-how-significant-is-the-latest-ruling-from-the-echr-for-pro-life-activists/


Don’t Stop a Beating Heart!

January 3, 2016

*Breaking news* SPUC Scotland gathers Prolife organisations together under new campaign entitled ‘Don’t Stop a Beating Heart’ Please support and share this campaign widely.
http://www.scotsman.com/…/new-group-formed-to-oppose-aborti…
‪#‎dontstopabeatingheart‬


Ireland’s Perilous Situation

November 15, 2015

News from Ireland on the prolife front is not good these days.  The fight to keep abortion out is intense and ongoing as the pro abortionists try everything and I mean everything to bring abortion across the water.  As well as keeping this situation in our prayers it is good to keep up to date with what is happening and Cora Sherlock’s article on Lifenews.com is excellent, do have a read…

http://http://www.lifenews.com/2015/11/13/abortion-activists-tweet-the-details-of-their-periods-to-try-to-overturn-pro-life-laws/


Hang In There!

November 15, 2015

Every person who advocates abortion for rape needs to listen to this woman….


The Irish Talks

November 2, 2015

It is surprising to see the online section of The Daily Mail newspaper supporting the Irish campaign change the law on abortion in Ireland.  Usually this newspaper has some excellent prolife articles which are frequently referred to on this blog.  It is a worrying change and demonstrates how the situation in Ireland is under pressure from the pro abortion lobby as never before.

The article featured http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-3296759/Travelling-England-abortion-option-Irish-woman-needed-termination-baby-dying-womb-campaigns-abortion-decriminalised.html says nothing new; essentially women who want abortion don’t want to travel to England to obtain an abortion!  The argument is based on inconvenience and rights and doesn’t deal with the heart of the matter which is the killing of a child.  In this particular case the option of allowing the baby to die naturally was never raised as if that would be too awful.  Why are women not allowed to have that time with their baby in utero until the time comes for nature to take it’s course (in the case of foetal disability).  Having a hand in the death of their own child is a truly sad option to offer a mother who has found out her child has a severe abnormality.