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.

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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.

 

 


The series of videos of Sr Roseann answering 50 questions about abortion, to mark the 50th anniversary of the abortion act, is now available on YouTube. The series is titled “Abortion – 50 Years On”.

In due course, we plan to make these videos available in pen drive form to schools, along with a booklet of the questions and answers.

So, get watching and sharing these videos- they are short, sharp and to the point and will give you all the reasons for why we are pro-life.


Please contact your MSP to voice your opposition to assisted suicide and ask what their position is.

Here’s an urgent message from the Catholic Parliamentary Office:

On 19th April, Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP, the Liberal Democrat Health Spokesman, asked witnesses at the Equalities and Human Rights Committee whether individuals should have the right “to be assisted through any means necessary to quit this life with dignity?” Mr Cole-Hamilton also wrote in The Scotsman newspaper that ‘we need the right to die.’ A Cross Party Group has also been set up in the Scottish Parliament to consider end of life choices, including the right to assisted suicide.
It all points towards another campaign to legalise assisted suicide in Scotland; a campaign which needs a compassionate, yet robust and committed opposition that will speak up for the vulnerable and for better palliative care for those who are affected by terminal illness. 
Society should continue to discourage suicide and work hard to prevent it. We should be careful not to normalise it with dangerous laws.
The legalisation of assisted suicide, even in so called limited circumstances, is a very slippery slope. No matter the ‘safeguards’ which might be put in place there is considerable risk of abuse and error. Assisted suicide also creates a culture where certain lives are deemed more valuable than others. The vulnerable become more vulnerable, and this is never more evident than in the intense opposition to assisted suicide by disability groups.
We must act now.
Please contact your MSPs today and ask them, in your own words, where they stand on assisted suicide. You can find details of your MSPs here. Just enter your postcode.
And remember, you have seven regional MSPs as well as one constituency MSP, so please do try to contact all of them.
It may be helpful if you were to highlight some of the risks and dangers of assisted suicide and you can find useful information in the FAQs section of the Care Not Killing website
And please do let us know what your MSP says by emailing us at office@rcpolitics.org putting ‘MSP Assisted Suicide’ in the subject line.
It is very important that we know what your MSP says so please remember to contact us. 

Please join us in praying for the pro-life cause this Wednesday 20th June evening. Mass will be celebrated by Bishop Toal.

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


On Saturday, 16th June, St John the Baptist (Uddingston) pro-life group are having their annual prayer witness chain. 

Time: 11am – 1pm.

They would like to invite you all to join them, here are more details:

Father Towey will celebrate Mass at the later time of 10am that day.

There will be a short briefing in the hall, after which we will gather at Uddingston Cross for 11am. 
The purpose of the chain is not only to pray but also to show the community that the fight for the rights of the unborn child continues. 
In light of the recent events in Ireland we are particularly keen to have a BIG turn out this year. 
PLEASE PLEASE make the effort to join us to shed the light of hope in the darkness of our world. 


The weekend 8th-9th September, there will be a Celebrate event in Glasgow.

Celebrate is a Catholic Charismatic movement which hosts events for the family, aiming to inspire and strengthen faith.

The programme includes:

  • Inspired teaching from great speakers
  • Creative liturgy and Celebration of the Holy Mass
  • Excellent Children’s & Youth Ministry, led by experienced leaders
  • Time and space to encounter Christ’s healing touch in Adoration, Reconciliation and Prayer Ministry

For more details and to book a place, see the Celebrate website


Today is Thursday 31st May 2018, six days after the devastating results of the Irish abortion referendum and it’s only now that I feel able to put pen to paper to try and describe how I and so many other feel about what happened in Ireland.

On so many levels it was a devastation, to see a country I love and have such connections with vote in such a way was horrible, but to then see how such a vote was celebrated was truly heartbreaking.  May 25th 2018 was the day Ireland lost its soul.  The land of Saints and Scholars has now become the land of liars and louts, filled now with a passion for death and not life.

A land whose history is steeped in sorrow and loss, will now know a sorrow like no other because this wound is self inflicted, this bloodletting could have been averted.  This great nation could have risen up but now it will be bound down for generations, for abortion always has its consequences at both a personal and societal level.  50 years of legalised abortion in Scotland has taught us this.  The saddest thing of all is the death of truth because every single person who voted yes has voted for a lie.  The lie that abortion doesn’t kill a unique and individual human being, it does.  The lie that it’s a woman’s body and therefore her right to choose, it is her body but it’s also her baby.  Anyone who has ever seen a scan of a 12 week old baby in the womb, and that’s most of us, know it’s a perfectly formed human child which is destroyed in every abortion.

This is not pro-life propaganda, this is the simple scientific and medical fact which anyone who has eyes to see can observe.  Giving women a “choice” without showing them what that choice means is no real choice and the choice of abortion always means the death of your child.  And the death of your child especially at your behest and with your consent always has consequences. If there are no consequences that’s even more troubling because what have we become when the death of our children raises not even sorrow but indeed is celebrated on the streets?

There is so much more to be said but this is enough to begin with.

Today is also the Feast of the Visitation, the Bishop’s Day for Life here in Scotland (not that you would know it). It’s the day when we celebrate the “Hail Mary” and “The Magnificat”, when St. John the Baptist as a child in the womb recognises the presence of Jesus in the womb of His mother Mary and leaps for joy.

There are many great lessons in this magnificent feast for us but perhaps for today we could reflect upon the fate of those children in the womb at the Visitation. One was beheaded and one was crucified but both ultimately now live in glory with the Father in heaven.

This too is our true destiny. But like Mary, Elizabeth, John and our Blessed Lord there is first much suffering, pain and sorrow, but always there is deep joy if we but remain faithful.

Happy Feast of the Visitation.

Sr Roseann


We are deeply saddened by the result of the Irish Referendum on the 8th Amendment. Here’s what ‘Save the 8th‘ campaign had to say about the result, which was in favour of repealing the 8th amendment:

“The 8th amendment did not create a right to life for the unborn child – it merely acknowledged that such a right exists, has always existed, and will always exist.

What Irish voters did yesterday is a tragedy of historic proportions. However, a wrong does not become right simply because a majority support it.

We are so proud of all of those who stood with us in this campaign – our supporters, our donors, our families, and our loved ones. This campaign took a huge personal toll on all of us who were involved, and we have been so grateful for their support.

The unborn child no longer has a right to life recognised by the Irish state. Shortly, legislation will be introduced that will allow babies to be killed in our country. We will oppose that legislation. If and when abortion clinics are opened in Ireland, because of the inability of the Government to keep their promise about a GP led service, we will oppose that as well. Every time an unborn child has his or her life ended in Ireland, we will oppose that, and make our voices known.

Abortion was wrong yesterday. It remains wrong today. The constitution has changed, but the facts have not.”