50 Questions About Abortion: 23 – What is the most common ground for abortion?

June 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 23: “What under the law is the most common ground for abortion in Scotland and what are the numbers involved?”


50 Questions About Abortion: 22 – At what gestational age are most abortions performed in Scotland?

June 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 22: “At what gestational age are most abortions performed in Scotland?”


50 Questions About Abortion: 21 – Is abortion a simple procedure?

June 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 21: “Surely abortion is a simple procedure and the earlier it’s done the better?”

Video of Sr Roseann answering the question is available to watch through the following link:

https://en-gb.facebook.com/holyfamilymossend/videos/1818086115187161/


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 https://www.isdscotland.org/Health-Topics/Sexual-Health/Publications/2017-05-30/2017-05-30-Terminations-2016-Report.pdf?96633547545


50 Questions About Abortion: 20 – What if she doesn’t want to be pregnant?

June 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 20: “What if a mother simply doesn’t want to be pregnant?”


UK March for Life

May 27, 2017

Last Saturday, we had a 7 am start and 11 pm return on the coach from Glasgow to Birmingham, for the annual UK March for Life. After a 6 hour journey, we disembarked the coach and walked through a crowd of protestors to get to the gathering of thousands of pro-lifers.

A big stage and screen at the front of the area was the platform for talks and music. Stalls from various pro-life organisations lined one side and fast food vans lined the other side. There was an excitement and joy amongst those present. Our MCs for the afternoon, Niall and Louise, were from Scotland!

Speakers from each country of the UK talked about the past “50 years of abortion” and pro-life activities. Sr Roseann spoke about the pro-life movement in Scotland. The headline speakers were from the USA:

Lila Rose’s desire to be actively pro-life began at the age of 9 years old, when she saw a picture of an aborted baby. She runs Live Action, doing undercover investigations to expose the dangers and lies of the abortion industry in the U.S. She also showed an interesting video of interviews with members of the general public, who initially professed to be pro-choice but then changed their mind after watching an animation of an abortion procedure.

Catherine Adair used to work in an abortion clinic and came to the conclusion that abortion was wrong. She saw that women were not there because they had made a choice, but because they felt they had no choice. Her view on pro-lifers used to be that they would hate her, however when she approached the pro-life movement she found that she was welcomed with open arms. She encouraged those who are pro-choice now that it’s OK to change their opinion.

It was rather wet during the march itself. The march took longer than expected due to protestors blocking the route at one point. Those leading the pro-life side got down on their knees to pray, as the police brought reinforcements to move the protestors out of the way. The march then continued as planned. What a beautiful witness people’s patience was. We look forward to next year’s March for Life and hope that it will grow in numbers year on year.


50 Questions About Abortion: 19 – What should I say to a woman who is pregnant?

May 26, 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 19: “What should I say to a woman who tells me she is pregnant but does not know what to do?”