The Project Truth teams are out spreading the pro-life message around Scotland this week! We were delighted to have been able to host them for their training night on Sunday. You can look at their facebook page for updates.

 

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The Knights of St Columba in Barrhead held a fundraising quiz night last Friday and kindly donated £210 to support our pro-life work. May God bless them in all that they do.


The teenage pregnancy rate in the UK has halved since 2007. A study by BPAS showed that it is due to teenagers being more education and family focussed and socialising online more than face to face. Here’s a BBC article on this topic. This shows that a change in behaviour, rather than contraceptive services, is what has made a difference.

 


Sunday 7th October 2018

11 am – 5 pm

www.prolifepilgrimage.org

This is an annual pilgrimage of reparation and prayer for the sanctity of life. The programme includes Mass, opportunity for confession, stations of the cross, eucharistic adoration and the rosary. This year’s pilgrimage will be led by Archbishop Kevin McDonald.

There will be coaches going to Walsingham from various points in England, see website for further details.

 

 


Dear Friends

The flyer above is a save the date notice for a young people’s event being organised on 2nd – 4th November 2018 by the Vocation’s Forum of the Conference for Religious in Scotland.

The forum has recently been re-established and this event is part of a longer term strategy to make religious life more visible and relevant here in Scotland.

A full programme for the event will be available in early August but we wanted to make you aware of the event as early as possible in the hope that you will be able to help us in one of three ways.

Firstly, if you have anyone who you think may be interested in the event you can register your interest and reserve a place(s).

Secondly, you can sponsor a place(s) for a young person(s) to attend.  Cost £50 and cheques should be made payable to the Conference of Religious Scotland and sent to me at the address below.

Thirdly, you can help publicise the event through your contacts, parish groups and social media.

And, of course we would be most grateful if you could keep this project in your prayers.  If you need further information, please feel free to get in touch.

Sr Roseann Reddy

on behalf of the CRS Vocation Forum Core Group

 

Sr Gill McCambridge

Sr Francis Kelly

 

Conference of Religious Scotland

Vocations Forum

c/o Sr Roseann 106 Dixon Avenue, Glasgow G42 8EL

srroseann@me.com, 07816937777


Please join us in praying for the pro-life cause this Wednesday 18th July evening. Mass will be celebrated by Canon Gerald Sharkey.

The programme for the evening is: Eucharistic adoration 6-7 pm, Rosary 7 pm, Mass 7:30 pm. Followed by refreshments. Join us for as little or as much of the evening as you can.

Venue: Blessed John Duns Scotus RC Church, 270 Ballater Street, Gorbals, Glasgow, G5 0YT


Friday 16th – Sunday 18th November 2018

Come and join us at some point over the weekend to celebrate the feast of St Margaret, Queen of Scotland.

Building on the momentum and spirit of the ladies lunch, we are planning a ladies open weekend hosted by the Sisters and our fantastic group of co-workers, taking place here at the pro-life centre. The event will consist of Evening/Afternoon tea, talk on the work of the CWPLI followed by a tour of the centre and a look at our future plans and so much more…

Craft goods, handbags, gifts for sale, plus plenty of time to just enjoy the chat and catch up with Pro-Life friends old and new.

The weekend will be based around 7 available slots where you’ll be able to book a table (for whatever number suits your party):

Friday 16th:  7pm-9pm

Saturday 17th:  12-2pm, 3-5pm & 7-9pm

Sunday 18th: 12-2pm, 3-5 pm & 7-9 pm

Tickets will cost £15 and will include full afternoon/evening tea (Prosecco available separately)

Further details to follow after the summer in the meantime – save the date


We are looking forward to hosting the Project Truth team for their training night in August.

The Project Truth Roadshow gets together young people from across the UK to spend a week travelling around Scotland’s towns and cities, bringing the pro-life message to the public with real joy: because life is beautiful. Here’s a link to a video showing what happens on the roadshow.

The week on the road costs over £200 per participant when transport, accommodations, meals and materials are taken in to account. Adding new equipment brings the running costs this year to around £7000.

Below is a Project Truth Wishlist which outlines certain costs. Why not sponsor meals for the week for a young person? Or perhaps a hoody and t-shirt combo? Or maybe your pro-life group would consider sponsoring one of the 9 seater vans? You can donate online by using their GoFundMe page.


Number of abortions:

12,212 abortions were carried out in Scotland in 2017 (11.8 per 1000 women), a similar number as in the past couple of years. 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. After 2008 the number of abortions steadily reduced to 11,778 in 2014, but has risen again since 2015.

Age group:

The highest rate of abortion in 2017 was for women in their 20’s, with 19.2 abortions per 1000 women aged 20-24 years old and 15.6 abortions per 1000 women aged 25 to 29 years old.

In women over 30 years old, the abortion rate has been steadily increasing. Since 2011, there has been an increase in the rate of abortion by 13% in 30-35 year olds, 30% in 35-40 year olds and 22% in 40 year olds.

The rate of abortion in teenagers has been falling since 2007. The abortion rate in under 16 year olds was 1.3 per 1000 girls. The abortion rate in 16-19 year olds was 14.5 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 2017, 83.7% of all abortions carried out were medical, 16.3% of abortions carried out were surgical.

72.1% of abortions took place under 9 weeks gestation.

Home abortions: on 27 October 2017, the Scottish Government introduced guidelines for women to be able to self-administer the second abortion pill at home. Since then, 58 women have taken the second abortion pill at home.

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 (98.3% = 12,005 abortions). Abortion rates are twice as high in deprived areas compared to the least deprived areas.

Disability accounted for 1.6% of all abortions in 2017:

There were 193 abortions on the ground of risk of disability. 66 were for chromosomal abnormalities (eg. Down’s syndrome), 49 were for conditions of the nervous system (eg. spina bifida), 43 were for other structural abnormalities (eg. heart defect, kidney abnormality), 35 were for ‘other’ abnormalities.

5 abortions (0.04% 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/2018-05-29/2018-05-29-Terminations-2017-Report.pdf?86014956236


13th – 14th July 2018 at St Mary’s, Twickenham

A conference for Catholic educators

Aims to equip Catholic Christian educators and formators with knowledge of and confidence in the Church’s full and positive vision of the human person in his or her sexuality.

See the conference website for further details.