50 Questions About Abortion: 47 – How would I summarise this issue?

March 22, 2018

Last year was 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.

We are nearing the end of the 50 questions in Sr Roseann’s series 50 weeks for 50 years. This week she reflects back on the past 46 weeks and how you would summarise the issues discussed.



SPUC Youth Conference

March 17, 2018

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.

Nurses Supporting Abortion? Not In My Name

March 16, 2018

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.



Our 21st Anniversary!

March 9, 2018

Today marks the 21st anniversary of Cardinal Winning founding the Pro-Life Initiative. Here’s part of his speech from that day:

“Today I issue an open invitation to any woman, any family, any couple, who may be facing the possibility of an unwanted pregnancy.

I strenuously urge any person in that situation, of any ethnic background, of any faith, from anywhere, to come to the Archdiocese of Glasgow for assistance.

Today I can announce a new set of provisions which have been put in place to help you.

Whatever worries or cares you may have…we will help you.

If you need pregnancy testing or counselling…we will help you

If you want help to cope with raising the baby on you own we will help you

If you want to discuss adoption of your unborn child…we will help you

If you need financial assistance, or help with equipment for your baby and feel financial pressures will force you to have an abortion…we will help you

If you cannot face your family, or if pressure in your local area is making you consider abortion, come to us, we will help find you somewhere to have your baby surrounded by support and encouragement…we will help you

And finally, if you have had an abortion. If you are torn apart with guilt, if your relationship has split up because of abortion, if you are
suffering from post abortion stress – come to us, we will help you.

This invitation, I repeat, is open to all. Irrespective of age, creed or colour.

Today I urge anyone in that situation… Let us help you to avoid making one of the biggest mistakes of your life.”

50 Questions About Abortion: 46 – There will always be abortion, what’s the point of pro-life action?

February 28, 2018

Last year was 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 46: “There’s always been abortion, there will always be abortion, what’s the point of all this discussion and pro-life action?”

Conscientious Objection

February 24, 2018

Scottish midwife, great friend of ours and all round remarkable person, Mary Doogan, tells the Mail why she is supporting a much-needed change in the law regarding conscience. She was forced out of her job as a senior midwife after refusing to supervise abortions.

“I don’t believe any midwife should be put in that position. It goes against why I went into midwifery in the first place. My role was to bring life into the world. My patients were the woman and the baby. I have always felt a professional duty to both.”

Read the full article here http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-5373943/Catholic-midwife-ousted-refusing-oversee-abortions.html 

You can visit www.freeconscience.org.uk to find out more about the Conscientious Objection (Medical Activities) Bill and please consider making contact with your MP asking them to support the Bill.


Right Side Tour – Motherwell 19th February

February 17, 2018

Society for the Protection of Unborn Children (SPUC) Scotland, in conjunction with the Diocese of Motherwell, will be hosting the fourth stop on the Right Side Tour in Motherwell on Monday the 19th of February.
The Right Side Tour aims to inform people about the campaign to decriminalise abortion. The pro-abortion movement continues to grow even more extreme in their agenda, now pushing for the decriminalisation of abortion. This would mean the extension of abortion up to birth for any reason. Abortion remains a criminal offence under law, unless it satisfies the conditions of the 1967 Abortion Act. The British Pregnancy Advisory Service (BPAS) have launched a campaign called “We Trust Women,” aiming to remove abortion from criminal law. This would null the 1967 Abortion Act, and any existing restrictions on abortion with it, including the 24 week time-limit. This would be the most drastic extension of abortion since 1967.
To find out more about the issue and learn how to help, come to the event. It will be on Monday February 19th at 7pm in St. Bride’s Hall on Coursington Road. We are very grateful to Bishop Toll and the Diocese for agreeing to host us. We look forward to seeing you there.
For more information visit the Tour website:
Or contact Margaret:
0141 221 2094