50 Questions About Abortion: 5 – Surely abortion must be a woman’s right to choose what she does with her own body?

February 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 5: Surely abortion must be a woman’s right to choose what she does with her own body?


50 Questions About Abortion: 4 – But it’s just an embryo or foetus at this early stage and not quite human yet?

February 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 4: But it’s just an embryo or foetus at this early stage and not quite human yet?

 


50 Questions About Abortion: 3 – But it’s not a baby yet, what is it?

February 5, 2017

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?


50 Questions About Abortion : 2 – When Does Human Life Begin?

February 3, 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 2: When does human life begin?


50 Questions About Abortion: 1

January 30, 2017

This year is the 50th anniversary of the passing of the 1967 abortion act in the UK. For the next 50 weeks Sr Roseann will be answering 50 questions about abortion to mark the 50th anniversary. Question 1: Why all this fuss about abortion?

 


Prayer Requests

January 25, 2017

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These women have all been in touch with us over the past week. They desperately need your prayers. As well as prayers, we are supporting them in whatever way we can.

Please pray:

For K, who is 14 weeks pregnant and whose child has been diagnosed with Down’s Syndrome. She is under great pressure to have an abortion and really needs prayers.

For S, who has an abortion booked on Friday 27th January. She is very confused and needs a lot of support. Her baby is of 22 weeks’ gestation and in real danger.

Fr E, who is in early pregnancy and feeling very vulnerable and confused. We’re meeting her on Friday morning and prayers would be much appreciated.

Also please pray for A, who sadly had an abortion last weekend following a diagnosis of foetal abnormality. Not unexpectedly she is devastated, as her text to Sr Roseann expresses, “Just feeling so terrible and I know that it is going to take a long time for me to get over this sadness. I am going to miss him so much… I will never forget my little boy. What a cruel world, he didn’t deserve this.”


Write to Nicola Sturgeon

November 25, 2016

Last week, on Thursday 17th November, First Minister Nicola Sturgeon responded to a question posed by Green Party MSP Patrick Harvie during First Minister’s Question Time.

She said: “I am happy to explore with the NHS what the situation is now in terms of the ability of women from Northern Ireland to access safe and legal abortion in NHS Scotland and whether any improvements can be made.”

Following the First Minister’s comments, it is important that she hears from pro-lifers the opposing point of view.

Sr Roseann has written to Nicola Sturgeon and I would encourage you to also.

You can write to Nicola Sturgeon as follows:

1) by letter:

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon MSP

St. Andrew’s House

Regent Road

Edinburgh

ED1 3DG

[Date]

Dear First Minister,

[what you have to say]

Yours faithfully,

[sign]

[Your name]

2) by email firstminister@gov.scot

3) by First Minister’s Postbag https://firstminister.gov.scot/join/first-minister-postbag/

It is always best to write your own personalised letter.

Some points you may wish to make are:

  • The people of Northern Ireland have consistently rejected liberalisation of their abortion law. Aren’t her comments interference in another nation’s affairs?
  • If Nicola Sturgeon believes in choice, what measures will she ensure are put in place to help women make a properly informed choice and give them the option of being supported in choosing life?
  • What impact will this have on our NHS?

See below for a more detailed view of the question and comments.

Patrick Harvie asked: “Many women in Northern Ireland find themselves with no option but to travel elsewhere in the UK to access legal and safe abortion. The time that that takes and the stress that it causes are bad enough, but there are also often significant financial barriers. Some organisations who support those women estimate that, at the low end, the process costs about £400 and, in many other cases, it costs more than £2,000.

“Does the First Minister agree that the National Health Service in Scotland should be exploring what can be done to ensure that those women are able to access abortion in Scotland, if that is where they choose to travel to, without facing that kind of unacceptable financial barrier?”

Ms Sturgeon responded: “I am happy to explore with the NHS what the situation is now in terms of the ability of women from Northern Ireland to access safe and legal abortion in NHS Scotland and whether any improvements can be made.

“Like Patrick Harvie, I believe that women should have the right to choose, within the limits that are currently set down in law, and that that right should be defended.

“When a woman opts to have an abortion—I stress that is never, ever an easy decision for any woman—the procedure should be available in a safe and legal way. That is my view.”