SPUC Scotland Conference

October 12, 2017

We loved the SPUC Scotland Conference last Saturday! There were 3 fantastic speakers and breaks between talks which gave a good chance to talk to other pro-lifers attending the conference.

The first speaker was David Quinn, from Ireland. David spoke on ‘The Dictatorship of Relativism’. He showed us how society thinks it is OK for everyone to have their own beliefs, as long as they think that all beliefs are equal. However, in the name of equality, society has become intolerant of anyone who holds that all viewpoints are not equal. Minority groups (like LGBT, Muslims) are promoted and protected. This has stopped speech that may be valid and legitimate criticism (rather that hate speech). Anyone who disagrees with a lifestyle is termed a bigot and silenced. It is now deemed judgemental and intolerant to favour marriage as the best environment for bringing up children. There is the attempt to create uniformity in the name of diversity.

The second speaker was Clare Bremner, a counsellor from ARCH. She gave an amazing and heartbreaking insight into the mind of a woman, ‘Ellie’, who finds herself in a crisis pregnancy and ends up having an abortion. Explaining how the rapid change in hormones in the first trimester of pregnancy makes her emotionally up and down. How her threat system is activated, leading to ‘get me out of here’ tunnel vision, with abortion seeming the only emergency exit. However after an abortion the woman looks back and sees all the factors which drove her to having an abortion are actually not as disastrous as they seemed at the time and then she can be filled with regret and self-loathing. Often women who have had an abortion hope to become pregnant again soon afterwards. Thankfully the story had a happy ending, as compassion focussed therapy can help a woman to forgive and love herself once more after the trauma of abortion. In the words of Ellie ‘ARCH saved me’. Anyone suffering after abortion can contact ARCH for free help www.archtrust.org.uk 0845 603 8501

The third speaker was Stephanie Gray, from Canada (who is half Scottish). She lead us through an approach to constructively engage in conversation and debate with those who are pro-choice. Using an ‘ask questions and tell parables’ approach, drawing her inspiration from the approach of Jesus Christ in the Bible. Try to find something in what the other person says that you agree with. But then ask another question or illustrate your point with an analogy. For example, say ‘I agree with you, to be pregnant and poor would be hard. Imagine this, imagine you have a woman who is pregnant and not poor. She has her baby and 2 years later becomes poor. Is it OK for her to kill her child because she is in poverty?’ Also consider what the prior life experiences of the person have been and reach their heart. Sometimes, a pro-choicer is asking a question not to find out whether the unborn child is human but whether the pro-lifer is human. For example, in the case of rape. We would highly recommend her book ‘Love Unleashes Life’, which gives examples of what she spoke on.

We very much look forward to next year’s SPUC Scotland conference.

Below: the SPUC Scotland and ARCH team

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SPUC Conference This Saturday!

October 2, 2017

Book your ticket here:

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Pro-Life Awards- including Sr Roseann

May 9, 2017

We had a great evening on Saturday at the SPUC 2017 Pro-Life Awards Evening. We were welcomed by a piper on the door, and a drink’s reception. Then a new documentary was shown, outlining the history of the pro-life movement in Scotland, over the past 50 years. This was followed by a sumptuous 3 course meal. Finally the awards were presented, by composer Sir James MacMillan. Below is a picture of the winners (including our very own Sr Roseann Reddy) and what they were awarded for. We had some musical interludes by a renowned opera singer and then a talented young singer-songwriter. Our compere for the evening was Deacon Michael Ross. It was a joyful celebration and the awards were a well deserved recognition of much hard work over many years for the pro-life cause.

SPUC Pro-Life Award Winners 2017:

Faithful Defender of Life – Fr James Morrow (received by his brother Gerry)

Healer of Broken Hearts – Margaret Cuthill

Witness of the Gospel of Life – Sr Roseann Reddy

Building a Culture of Life – Project Truth Team

Witness to Conscience – Mary Doogan and Connie Wood

Witness for the Unborn – Robert Graham

Promoter of Human Dignity – Lynn Murray


Edinburgh Pro-Life Chain THIS SATURDAY 29th APRIL

April 25, 2017

Edinburgh SPUC invite you to their National Pro-life Chain – a silent witness against legal abortion. They host this event every year to mark the anniversary of the 1967 Abortion Act coming into effect.

Meet at 10.45 outside the Usher Hall for 11am start

Prayer service separately beforehand, at 10am in the Sacred Heart Church in Lauriston.

Call SPUC Scotland on 0141 221 2094 for more information.

There is a bus being run from Glasgow, leaving at 8.30am and returning at 4pm. If you would like a seat on the bus, contact Louise on 0141 221 2094 or louise@spucscotland.org


Pro-Life Awards Evening 6th May

March 16, 2017

SPUC Scotland is hosting an evening to celebrate some of Scotland’s pro-life heroes. Further details below.


March For Life Experience

March 2, 2017

Have a look at this interview featuring the young people who attended the March for Life in Washington in January. The Cardinal Winning Pro-Life Initiative gets a few mentions


SPUC Scotland Conference Saturday 19th November

November 10, 2016

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A full day conference in Glasgow, with speakers who are experts in their area of defending human life from conception to natural death. Programme and tickets available through the link below.

We are going, hope to see you there!

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