Please also pray for the participants and team of a Grief to Grace retreat which is happening right now. Grief to Grace is a specialised 5-day programme of spiritual and psychological healing for anyone who has suffered sexual, physical, emotional or spiritual abuse in childhood, adolescence or adulthood. The programme was devised by the same psychologist who created the Rachel’s Vineyard programme, and is incredibly, wonderfully transformative.
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:
This 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 3: But it’s not a baby yet, what is it?
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.
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 2: When does human life begin?
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,