Sr Andrea and Sr Jess had a great time at the SPUC Youth Conference last weekend, along with 140 young people. Sr Andrea gave a workshop titled ‘Crisis pregnancy: a response’ and was on the discussion panel. There were many interesting speakers at the conference, two of whom spoke about the effects of abortion on women’s mental health. The talks cited a review of the research by pro-choice Prof Fergusson, which has shown that abortion (vs. carrying an unwanted pregnancy to term) is associated with a mild-moderate increase the risk of drug and alcohol misuse, anxiety and suicide.
Nurse or nursing student? Please sign the letter against any RCN move to support the introduction of abortion on demand, for any reason.
Janet Davies, the Chief Executive of the Royal College of Nurses (RCN), has announced that a panel of RCN staff and members will be deciding on a positioning statement for the RCN on the complete removal of all legal restriction and sanctions regarding abortion. If these measures were to be implemented, it would mean the introduction of abortion on demand, for any reason, to at least 28 weeks and possibly up to birth. Ann Furedi, the CEO of abortion provider BPAS, who are running the campaign to ‘decriminalise’ abortion, has made it clear that they are aiming for the latter, the introduction of abortion up to birth. The Royal College of Midwives’ position in support of ‘decriminalisation’, which saw a large public backlash when it was adopted, has subsequently been used extensively by abortion provider BPAS as a key plank in their political lobbying for the introduction of abortion, on demand, for any reason up to birth. Ahead of this panel deciding the position, the RCN are running a ‘survey’ of the RCN membership which does not allow for members of the RCN to vote on the specific wording of the final positioning statement. It instead asks a single question on whether members support or oppose the broad concept of ‘decriminalisation’ and only commits that members’ input will ‘inform’ the work that will lead to the final position this panel will decide on. If you are a nurse or nursing student, please take action by putting your name to the public joint letter (link below) to the Chief Executive of the Royal College of Nurses, Janet Davies, to voice your concern about this extreme move.
At 7pm in St Margaret’s Church, Clydebank. All are invited for prayer, food and fellowship:
Please join us in praying for the pro-life cause this Wednesday 20th December evening. Mass will be celebrated by Fr Bernard Waave, Cssp. We will also be joined by young people who are going to January’s March For Life in Washington D.C.
The programme for the evening is: Eucharistic adoration 6-7 pm, Rosary 7 pm, Mass 7:30 pm. Followed by refreshments. Join us for as little or as much of the evening as you can.
Venue: Blessed John Duns Scotus RC Church, 270 Ballater Street, Gorbals, Glasgow, G5 0YT
Here’s more information about the young people who will be joining us: Led by SPUC Scotland, 17 young people will fly to DC to take part in the biggest pro-life event of the year. Primarily an educational trip, last year was incredibly fruitful where participants returned much stronger and fired up to serve our pro-life movement in Scotland.
As part of their preparation, they will attend our pro-life Mass and will be given a blessing for their work. A collection will also be taken up to help towards making the trip more affordable for the students attending who have been heavily involved in pro-life work over the past year, including volunteering for the Cardinal Winning Pro-Life Initiative; taking part in Project Truth; attending 40 Days for Life; giving school talks and fighting for freedom of speech at university.