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Over 1.8 million European signatures secured, it's now time for the One of Us campaign to engage with the European Institutions
|Posted on November 18, 2013 at 5:16 PM||comments (0)|
Following the incredible total of over 1.8 million signatories to the One of Us campaign the coordinators of the initiative met in Krakow, Poland to discuss their next moves.
The group will now develop a charter which they hope will serve as a starting point for the launching of a European Federation that can embrace all the organisations working in the defence of human life in the European Union.
There must also be a public hearing on the issues raised by the initiative and this will be organised by the European Commission in due course, most likely by the end of February 2014.
Click this link to the One of Us website for more details:
|Posted on November 13, 2013 at 11:58 AM||comments (0)|
The One of Us campaign, an EU initiative supported and promoted by Scots Catholic, has achieved an incredible 1,891,000 signatures across the European Union in support of its pro-life initiative to protect and respect the dignity of the human embryo.
The national authorities in each member state now have 3 months to certify the final number of valid statements collected. The European Commission and European Parliament will then meet the One of Us organisers to discuss in detail the issues raised through the initiative. The European Commission will also be required to formulate a formal response to the initiative and this may include a legislative proposal.
Please keep praying for our European governors to take note of this significant evidence of public opinion in favour of the unborn child, and continue to pray for an end to abortion. This initiative could be the greatest victory for the unborn child for a long, long time.
To find out more about the initiative and its great success to date, click here: http://www.oneofus.eu/the-european-pro-life-citizen-initiative-one-of-us-reaches-first-place-with-over-1891000-signatures/
|Posted on October 30, 2013 at 9:10 AM||comments (35)|
In a frank interview to a local broadcaster, the 2013 Miss World Megan Lynn Young (pictured), revealed a number of truths about her own beliefs on some of the most important topics in our world today.
In an interview likely to send shockwaves throughout an increasingly secular western world, 23 year old Miss Young from the Philippines boldly expressed her firm belief that abortion is wrong and that sex is something sacred to the sacrament of marriage.
When asked about the subject of abortion, Miss Young stated, "Abortion is wrong....I'm pro-life....and if it means killing someone who's already there, then I'm against that, of course."
On the subject of sex Miss Young, going against the grain of much of society today, boldly stated, "Sex is for marriage, that's my belief."
And when the interviewer challenged her about how a woman as gorgeous as her could say no to sex she simply replied, "You say no."
Thanks for confirming that Miss Young because, yes, it really is that simple! Despite what others may say and despite what you might read in your newspaper or magazine, or see on television, or even hear from the government, it really is as simple as saying no. If Miss World can do it, I gather most of the rest of us can too!
Miss Young also offered some advice to those who are reluctant to have sexual relations saying, "If they try to push you, you step away, because that person doesn't value you, doesn't value the relationship as much....if the guy is willing to sacrifice that, it means a lot."
To read more on this interview and to watch video footage check out the following link: http://www.lifesitenews.com/news/miss-world-im-pro-life-and-sex-is-for-marriage
|Posted on October 25, 2013 at 8:10 AM||comments (4)|
Our Lady's statue is carried through Glasgow
Last night the centre of Glasgow witnessed the joy and splendour of life, wrapped up in a beautiful Rosary, dignified procession, and passionate celebration of the Mass.
It was pro-life night and the people of Glasgow took to the streets to spread the Good News of life. Around 300 people were present in George Square and it was evident that numbers were slightly up on last year which was encouraging.
The Rosary, led by Father John Keenan of the University of Glasgow and St Patrick’s, Anderston, was a beautiful show of devotion and honour to Our Blessed Mother whose statue, held ably aloft by two young volunteers, looked lovingly over the crowd as it prayed. Candles lit the faces of pro-life people from around the country, as they held their Rosary beads firmly in their hands. There were babies, schoolchildren, priests, nuns, people with disabilities, people with special needs, the elderly, and, of course, the youth element which seems to be growing at a pace in Scotland these days. I mention all of these groups individually not to differentiate them from the normal because that is not the case. I mention them to highlight the various characters who make up the pro-life movement, many of whom may not be here had their parents not been pro-life. Thank God for that grace that they are given the opportunity to live, an opportunity we have ALL experienced. We are all alive today because we were not aborted. Yet many are not afforded such an opportunity in today’s culture of death.
Father Keenan leads the Rosary
As we were told prior to the Rosary, 200,000 babies have been aborted in the last year since the last such event in 2012. In one day 500 babies are aborted in the UK. Do we really take in these figures? I mean, do we REALLY take them in? Some people argue that this is justified in the name of women’s rights. Yet these people disregard the single most natural, amazing and precious gift a woman can have and give....another life!
Either side of the Rosary there was beautiful singing of hymns and during the Rosary the Fatima ‘Ave’ was belted out with real passion and fervour. The group then proceeded to walk gently and reverently to the Cathedral on Clyde Street, blazing a trail of fire behind Our Lady’s statue at one point spanning the full length of Glassford Street. It was a beautiful time, an opportunity to reflect on what we were really doing here. Praying for an end to abortion. Praying for all affected by this sad and barbaric attack on defenceless children and vulnerable women. Praying for the fathers, many of whom don’t have a say. Praying for the grandparents, aunts, and uncles, for cousins and close family friends. Praying for the medics, the doctors and midwives who carry out abortions on a daily basis. Praying for those who are pro-abortion for them to be enlightened to the beauty and splendour of new life, and to trust in God’s providence. Praying for our governors that they may be similarly enlightened. And, of course, praying for the pro-life movement, that it will continue to stand for life and never tire of fervently praying for the innocents.
The pro-life movement blaze a trail through Glasgow
At the Cathedral, the gathered faithful were treated to a beautiful Mass, interspersed with beautiful music and singing from the St Ninian’s choir, and a roof-raising homily by Father Keenan. It was around 15-20 minutes long and I have to admit that I hung on to EVERY word. The Reading and Gospel of the day didn’t perhaps, at first glance, appear to be a fit for the occasion. But God never lets us down and Father Keenan made sure we were left in no doubt that these readings were perfect for the pro-life cause.
In his letter to the Romans St Paul talks about putting ‘your bodies at the service of vice and immorality’ and how we must instead ‘put them at the service of righteousness for sanctification.’ In George Square a small group of pro-abortion protesters continually chanted about “my body, my choice”. There were a few other expletives in among these chants but the general theme was one of ‘my body, my choice’. As Father Keenan suggested, it is always “me, me, me”.
So what is our view on the other side of the fence? What is the pro-life stance? Father Keenan pointed us in the direction of Mary suggesting that Mary holds the key to what we must do. When confronted by the Angel Gabriel and told that she would conceive a child, the Son of God, Mary said, “Let it be done to me according to your word”. Mary did not selfishly state that it was her body and reject the child she was suddenly to bear! Mary accepted God’s Will and God’s Divine Plan. It was an act of complete faith. It was true love. It was Mary saying “My body, for you”. Not ‘my body, my choice’ but ‘my body, for you’!
And this is the Christian message. We don’t live for ourselves. We live for God and for others! Everyone else comes before us. That is the way we must live and that is why we are pro-life. God’s Will grants mothers the grace to bear His children. We must have the faith of Mary and bear these children, and present them back to God, by raising them to glorify Him and to put Him and others first. What an amazing world we would live in if everybody did this!! What love!!
Father Keenan then turned to the Gospel and spoke about how Jesus wished the earthly fire were “blazing already”! The witness last night, out on the busy streets of Glasgow, was the fire. That public witness is the blaze Jesus is speaking of. Witnessing to the faith on the streets! As Father Keenan suggested, “many people are pro-life on the brain” but they don’t do anything about it. That isn’t good enough! Jesus wants us to get out there to witness for these little ones! What good is keeping the pro-life cause to ourselves? It is no good! Nothing will change if we keep it to ourselves.
Father Keenan challenged everyone present in the Cathedral to bring another person with them next year. That way our numbers will double. That is the challenge to the pro-life people of Scotland, particularly those in the Glasgow area. The recent census in 2011 confirmed that there are around 841,000 Catholic people in Scotland (an increase on the 2001 census), with the vast majority of them in the Glasgow, Lanarkshire and Inverclyde areas!! Is 300 people representative of this huge number? I think not. It’s hugely disappointing. So the challenge is being thrown down right here, right now. The same event will be taking place at the same time next year and we want to AT LEAST double our numbers. This isn’t just about Catholic people marching through the streets of our city. This is about life. It is about affording little babies the same opportunity we are all so blessed to have received, the opportunity to live.
|Posted on October 22, 2013 at 10:35 AM||comments (3)|
A crucial European Parliament vote on whether or not abortion can be considered a human right has been rejected and the matter returned to committee for further consideration.
We reported last night that this could be a crucial vote and that – should the motion have been approved – would have meant abortion could be classed as a human right across the European Union. Thankfully, and by the grace of God, 351 MEP’s voted to return the resolution to committee whilst 319 had voted against.
Portuguese Socialist MEP Edite Estrela, who drafted the report, was roundly booed as she stood up to address parliament. Estrela has been criticised for her stance on abortion which includes ensuring that conscientious objections to abortion do not limit access to the procedure. The concern here, of course, is that pro-life doctors and medics could be forced to carry out the procedure or risk losing their job.
This news is a significant victory for life, although there is admittedly still some way to go. But it is abundantly clear that, with this news and also the news that the ‘One of Us’ campaign has reached 1.3 million signatories, Europe is a continent that supports life. Let’s hope and pray it stays that way.
|Posted on October 4, 2013 at 7:56 AM||comments (5)|
'Defend the unborn against abortion even if they persecute you, calumniate you, set traps for you, take you to court or kill you. No child should be deprived of the right to be born, the right to be fed, the right to go to school.'
These were the powerful words of Jorge Mario Bergoglio in 2005. Now Pope Francis, these words take on even greater significance.
We MUST stand up for the rights of the unborn; for those who are defenceless, innocent, and have nobody to speak up for them. And this, says the Pope, must be done even if it costs us our lives!
Are you prepared to give up your life so that innocent children may live? It's quite a challenge. But one we must consider and pray about.
In Glasgow we are truly blessed to have an active pro-life movement. I have mentioned before about the Sisters of the Gospel of Life in Glasgow's southside and I have recently spoken of the great work undertaken at St Lucy's, Cumbernauld with their regular Monday gathering to pray to Our Lady of Guadalupe.
An important part of this vital work is the annual Rosary and torchlight procession from George Square to St Andrew's Cathedral in Glasgow. This is quite simply one of the most incredible and moving nights of the year and it takes place to mark the implementation of the Abortion Act in 1967. It is hoped that, with fervent prayer, devotion and witness, we can bring about change and ultimately bring an end to abortion in our country.
The event will take place on Thursday 24th October and the timetable is as follows:
6pm Assemble in George Square, Glasgow
6.30 – 7pm Rosary followed by torchlight procession to Cathedral
The Sisters have once again pleaded for a good turnout to improve upon the fantastic numbers witnessed in recent years. They said, "We need to make sure that as many people as possible support this witness against a piece of legislation that permits the killing of unborn babies. Please spread this information to friends and your parishes and make every effort to stand up for life!"
This is our chance. Prayer is what will ultimately bring peace to our world. If we don't take these opportunities when they are so clearly presented to us on our doorstep then we will let ourselves down, we will let our neighbours down, and worst of all, we will let God down.
Be part of the growing pro-life movement in Scotland. Be part of the community that says 'yes' to life, and 'no' to death.
It's on your doorstep, there is no excuse.
|Posted on August 13, 2013 at 8:11 AM||comments (3)|
American woman Gianna Jessen (pictured) makes a passionate plea to the people of Victoria, Australia in this youtube video filmed back in 2008, as she talks about our own experience as someone who survived a saline abortion.
Gianna speaks about how she started suffering from cerebral palsy as a result of being starved of oxygen while she fought to stay alive in her mother's womb. She now, however, sees this condition as a gift and asks: "if abortion is about women's rights, then what were mine? There was not a radical feminist standing up and yelling about how my rights were being violated that day; in fact, my life was being snuffed out in the name of women's rights."
Despite her adopted mother being told by doctors that Gianna "will never be anything" she is now able to walk and live a perfectly normal, healthy life.
Gianna, who has met and forgiven her biological mother, also tackles the lack of comfort some people may feel about talking about God and Jesus saying "He is the Creator, He gave me life!"
It is a very passionate speech and is worth viewing, whatever your stance on abortion. Please check out the youtube links, below, which contain both parts of Gianna's speech.
Further, if you are considering an abortion or have had an abortion and want to talk to someone, please see our Abortion Help and Advice section for links to services where people can help.
|Posted on July 18, 2013 at 11:00 AM||comments (48)|
Pope Francis has sent a message of support for human life to Catholics in Ireland, Scotland and England and Wales ahead of the annual Day for Life in England and Wales which is to be celebrated on 28 July. Scotland has already celebrated its Day for life on 28 May and Ireland will celebrate it on October 6 but the Pope includes these countries in his message.
In his message the Pope emphasised the need to care for life from conception to natural end and says that all life has inestimable value, including the weakest and most vulnerable, the sick, the old, the unborn and the poor. The Pope, who promised his prayers for the celebration, said that people ‘are all masterpieces of God’s creation, made in his own image, destined to live for ever, and deserving the utmost reverence and respect.’
The full message from Pope Francis to Catholics in Ireland, Scotland, England and Wales is as follows:
“Calling to mind the teaching of Saint Irenaeus that the glory of God is seen in a living human being, the Holy Father encourages all of you to let the light of that glory shine so brightly that everyone may come to recognise the inestimable value of all human life. Even the weakest and most vulnerable, the sick, the old, the unborn and the poor, are masterpieces of God’s creation, made in his own image, destined to live for ever, and deserving of the utmost reverence and respect. His Holiness prays that the Day for Life will help to ensure that human life always receives the protection that is its due, so that “everything that breathes may praise the Lord” (Psalm 150:6).”
The proceeds of the Day for Life collection to be held in parishes in England and Wales assist the work of the Anscombe Bioethics Centre and other life related activities supported by the Church.
As the Pope said in 2005 (when known as Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio): “Defend the unborn against abortion even if they persecute you, calumniate you, set traps for you, take you to court or kill you. No child should be deprived of the right to be born, the right to be fed, the right to go to school.”
Parliamentary Inquiry into Abortion on Grounds of Disability – Commission Recommends Change and Expresses Concerns about Parents Being ‘Steered’ Towards Abortion
|Posted on July 17, 2013 at 7:41 AM||comments (0)|
The Commission set up to consider one particular aspect of the Abortion Act 1967 – the provision that allows abortion on the grounds of disability up to birth – has published its report and it makes for very interesting reading. The Chair of the Commission, Fiona Bruce MP, sent the document by email to those who had responded to the initial consultation.
The report broadly summarises by stating that the vast majority of those who gave written evidence believe that allowing abortion up to birth on the grounds of disability is discriminatory, and contrary to the Equality Act.
The report states: ‘The Commission recommends that Parliament reviews the question of allowing abortion on the grounds of disability and in particular how the law applies to a fetus beyond the age of viability (currently 24 weeks). Parliament should consider, at the very least, the two main options for removing those elements which a majority of witnesses believe are discriminatory – that is either reducing the upper limit for abortion on the grounds of disability from birth to make it equal to the upper limit for able bodies babies or repealing section 1(1)(d) altogether.’
The report goes on to state that the Commission ‘is concerned at the lack of transparency of decision-making in cases of fetal disability’ and the Commission recommends that, if abortions to birth are to continue, it ‘would like to see post-mortems for all abortions that take place after 24 weeks.’ The Commission further states that it has concerns about potential discrepancies in data reporting and recommends that the Department of Health consider the Commission’s findings as part of the Department’s consideration on publication of abortion statistics.
It is interesting to note that the Commission, in recommending greater transparency, suggests a need for post-mortems on all babies aborted after 24 weeks. This is presumably an attempt to evidence that no abortion is taking place outside the provisions of the Abortion Act. Some may argue this will increase pressure on medical staff but, realistically, it should make no difference at all given that medical staff should already be ensuring no child is aborted beyond the provisions of the Act.
However, it is interesting to note that a ‘common message’ of parents who gave evidence to the Commission was that they are ‘steered towards abortion and feel that they do not receive adequate information about other options, including palliative care after birth and adoption, as well as the reality of living with a child with a disability.’ As a result of this disturbing evidence the Commission has recommended a need for ‘consistent, balanced information, trained counsellors, increasing awareness of palliative care for newborns and comprehensive support for the medical profession whatever the parents’ decision about their pregnancy.’ The Commission also recommends a third signatory to the abortion form to confirm that the family has received the correct information and support to make an informed decision.
These steps are all positive steps from a pro-life perspective but, irrespective of your stance on abortion, there must be real concern at the evidence of ‘steering’ towards abortion by those entrusted with the care of those families considering the procedure. Although the report only covers a specific section of the Abortion Act 1967 and, therefore, a specific group of babies, one must wonder if the lack of the provision of adequate information to families and the ‘steering’ towards abortion is occurring more widely across all abortion groups and not just those where disability is the ‘issue’ or concern.
This review may only cover a small percentage of the overall number of abortions in the UK but it is a small step in the right direction and will save the lives of hundreds of children if the recommendations are enshrined in law. This could well be a significant victory for life….
For those who wish to read the whole report please click, below:
|Posted on July 10, 2013 at 7:35 AM||comments (2)|
Anyone with an interest in our website will know we have been encouraging people to sign the EU 'One of Us' petition which seeks to protect life from conception.
As EU citizens we now have the right, under the European Citizens' Initiative (ECI) to directly submit a legislative proposal to the European Commission, provided we have the support of at least 1 million people across the union, coming from a minimum of at least seven member states.
At present, the total number of signatures is an impressive 729,796 so the campaign is progressing well but there is still a bit to go before the deadline of 1st November 2013.
Each country has been set a target and some are outperforming others. For example, Austria, Spain, France, Hungary, Italy, Lithuania, Netherlands, Poland and Slovakia have all reached their target and are still collecting thousands of signatures!
Sadly, some countries, including the UK, are well short of their target. The UK, which the campaign is hoping will achieve a target of 54,750 signatures, currently has 7,157. There is, therefore, much work to be done in Scotland, England, Wales and Northern Ireland to keep up with our pro-life brothers and sisters in mainland Europe!
Please, please spare a couple of minutes to click the link, below, and go to the One of Us campaign website and sign up for life. This really does have the potential to be the greatest modern day victory for life!