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|Posted on January 4, 2016 at 5:54 PM||comments ()|
A group of organisations has launched a campaign aimed at countering an increasing public call to make abortion more widely available in Scotland. The campaign, led by SPUC Scotland and supported by other groups including the Catholic Church and the Muslim Council of Scotland, comes just weeks after the decision of the Westminster Government to devolve the law relating to abortion to the Scottish Parliament.
The campaign, titled ‘Don’t Stop a Beating Heart’, argues that abortion should not be made more widely available than the current 24-week time limit, countering the argument that the time limit should be extended. Indeed, many of those involved in the campaign argue that abortion should not be available at all, a position we at Scots Catholic wholeheartedly agree with.
This is a bold and important move by those involved in the pro-life movement in Scotland. But in order to really succeed it will need the buy-in of all of us who support the right to life of the unborn. We can’t just do the easy thing and leave others to ‘get on with it’. We all have a part to play in defending the rights of the most innocent and vulnerable human beings. We all have a part to play in this campaign.
Archbishop of Glasgow and President of the Bishops Conference of Scotland Philip Tartaglia confirmed his support for the campaign, saying, “I wholeheartedly support the aims of the Don’t Stop a Beating Heart campaign to defend and protect unborn human life and to call legislators not to further extend abortion time limits.”
SPUC Scotland’s Chief Executive John Deighan is the campaign’s coordinator and he explained why the campaign is needed, saying: “The rights of the unborn child are facing new threats with the impending devolution of powers to the Scottish Parliament from Westminster. Already, well in advance of the transfer of legislative authority, we are hearing a clamour for further extension of the existing excessively liberal law. This could see abortion legalised from the existing 24-week limit, in most cases, up until the point of birth. In response to these deeply disconcerting demands, pro-life supporters from different backgrounds, people of faith and none, in addition to concerned organisations and individuals have decided that we must stand together in the face of this onslaught.”
It is sad enough that around 8 million little girls and boys have been lost to abortion since it was legalised in the UK in 1967. And to think that the abortion legislation was introduced with the aim of restricting the availability of abortions and to make the procedure safer. Sadly this has not been the case, and the abortion procedure is now vigorously abused in the western world, to the point that fetal baby parts are being sold for profit (as has been the case in the United States with the Planned Parenthood scandal) and an astonishing 90% of babies with Down’s Syndrome are aborted in the UK simply because they have the condition.
While the Planned Parenthood example above is (hopefully) rare, there is no denying a very unfortunate callous and laissez faire attitude has developed in western society when it comes to the subject of abortion. Those who are in favour of legalising the abortion procedure are increasingly ignoring the scientific evidence that a live human being exists from the point of conception, preferring to wrap everything up as the simple choice of the mother. There are those who are not in favour of abortion but who think that it is none of their business to interfere with a mother’s choice or are too frightened to raise the issue socially, preferring to keep their opinion to themselves.
All of this has added to an all too relaxed view on abortion in our society and a lack of realisation as to what the abortion procedure really entails. If little children outside the womb were being killed because they were a financial burden or were a ‘mistake’ their killers would be processed through the criminal justice system. Why then are those in the womb treated differently?
This campaign is an excellent opportunity for us to rise up in support of the life of the unborn child. While we don’t want abortion at all, putting a stop to any proposed extension of the time limit would be a victory and a step in the right direction. It could lead to bigger things. It could lead to millions of lives being saved.
If you choose to support one thing in 2016, please choose to support the right to life of these little ones. We were once like them, all cosy and tucked up inside our mother’s womb. It should be the safest place in the world for a baby, just like it was for each and every one of us. The heart of an unborn child is too precious to be stopped.
Please support this campaign. Don’t stop the beating of an innocent heart.
For more details and to become involved please contact SPUC Scotland on 0141 221 2094
|Posted on February 16, 2015 at 10:59 AM||comments ()|
Please read the following text from John Deighan of the Catholic Parliamentary Office and please click the links to contact a House of Lords peer and also add your name to the petition.
This proposed new legislation, along with abortion and euthanasia, will mean the eradication of disabled people from our society. Such a process is completely wrong and is inequality at its evil best.
Here is what John Deighan has to say:
The promotion of three-parent embryos has been based on compassion for victims of genetic disorders. It involves creating embryos from the DNA of two women and one man. Some women have defective mitochondrial in their cells and this is replaced by the healthy mitochondrial of another woman. Efforts to overcome illness are obviously a crucial feature of a decent society but the genetic manipulation that is now proposed will not cure anyone. It will instead be aimed at ensuring that disabled people are eradicated from society.
Creating quality assurance procedures for manufacturing human embryos is a dangerous attack on the inherent dignity of human life. It also involves making changes to human DNA which will be passed down through the generations even though the full implications of the changes are not understood.
Countries around the world outlaw such genetic manipulation and international human rights laws prohibit it. However Members of Parliament are defying these concerns and have approved the Human Fertilisation and Embryology (Mitochondrial Donation) Regulations 2015 which permit the procedure. The House of Lords will now vote on the matter on 24 February 2015 and they have the opportunity to overturn the decision.
You can help by contacting a member of the House of Lords (you can write to as many peers as you like!). This can be done easily at this link: www.stopgm3parentbabies.com
You can also sign the petition which will help show the level of public opposition to the eugenic practise which is being proposed. Click here to sign the petition: www.citizengo.org/en/17728-please-keep-uk-allowing-germline-genetic-modification-human-embryos-and-creation-3-parent
If you want to read a recent Scots Catholic article on Three Parent Babies, click here.
|Posted on February 3, 2015 at 8:11 AM||comments ()|
Later today, the UK Parliament will vote on whether to introduce laws to allow the creation of 'three parent babies'. It is a move that must be resisted for a number of reasons and it is sincerely hoped that MP's will vote overwhelmingly against allowing the procedure.
While proponents argue that it will help root out certain conditions, including some disabilities, we should not be fooled into thinking this is a simple exercise in making the human race better.
Science is going into the unknown and we can in no way be certain of the consequences. Further, there are weighty ethical arguments against such a procedure which many people have failed to consider.
Think about disabled people. We are going down a road which may mean nobody is born with a disability. Is this because we think there is something wrong with disabled people and that they have less value than others? If we are going to eradicate disabled people through this procedure then the only logical explanation for allowing it is because those who are disabled are somehow of inferior value. That, for me, simply is not right.
Our governments in the UK and Scotland are taking us down a dangerous road to what they perceive to be 'human perfection'. Abortion already allows unwanted babies to be rooted out of society. Assisted suicide, which is currently under consideration in Scotland, will allow for the rooting out of people with disabilities and serious ill health; people who supposedly have little to offer society. Three parent babies is just the next step in that rooting out of the seemingly 'imperfect' among us.
I don't know about you, but I believe every single human being brought into existence has value. And that's not necessarily anything to do with being religious. Basic human perception should lead us to appreciate the value of every single human life. This, for me, is what equality is all about. After all, if we don't have equality in terms of the value of life, we simply cannot have equality.
Click here to read Tim Stanley's article on 'Three Parent Babies' in the Telegraph: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/health/11380784/Three-parent-babies-unethical-scary-and-wrong.html
Disabled and mentally ill increasingly at risk as Belgium becomes more and more liberal with assisted suicide
|Posted on January 30, 2015 at 11:40 AM||comments ()|
It’s not as if we didn’t know this was coming. Belgium has, after all, already legalised the euthanizing of children. But now the reality of assisted suicide for those who suffer from mental ill health and those who are disabled is becoming a reality, with increasing numbers of people using the option to take their own lives, and with considerable ease.
There are reported cases of a transgender man who struggled with mental illness from a childhood trauma and who was killed ‘with dignity’ as proponents of assisted suicide like to say. There is the case of twins who were euthanized because they were going blind and because it was felt they had nothing to live for. This is the reality of assisted suicide.
Life is being destroyed all around us. It started with contraception and abortion and now we have people telling us that killing should be even more widely available. They suggest it should stretch to any vulnerable person who feels they would be better off dead. The sense of caring and the responsibility to love one another has been consigned to the modern day secular dustbin. Love, it seems, is a tired concept. Survival of the fittest and the strongest would appear to have won the day in countries like Belgium.
For Catholics, there simply is no way other than love. Jesus calls on all of us to love our neighbour and to love life. Our life is from the very moment of our conception until the day we die in accordance with the will of God. We are not entitled to take control of our lives out of God’s hands. We cannot play God. Remember, the devil wanted to be God. It does not pay to meddle with God-given life. Please, please, if you haven’t already done so, read our recent post on assisted suicide in Scotland and make sure you write to your MSP and sign the ‘Care Not Killing’ petition. You can find everything you need by clicking this link.
This is a hugely significant battle, a battle which is, for some, a matter of life and death.
To read a more detailed article on this at Live Action News and to see a video of a doctor euthanizing a woman in Belgium, click this link: http://liveactionnews.org/documentary-shows-belgian-doctor-euthanizing-a-depressed-suicidal-woman/
|Posted on September 8, 2014 at 9:22 AM||comments ()|
Zenit.org considers the growing trend of surrogate babies being rejected because of conditions such as Down's Syndrome.
Click here to read the article: http://www.zenit.org/en/articles/when-babies-become-commodities
|Posted on August 21, 2014 at 7:02 AM||comments ()|
Richard Dawkins, the outspoken atheist/agnostic (we aren't quite sure), has sparked a furious reaction after he suggested that women pregnant with a Down's Syndrome baby should 'abort it and try again'. He further suggested that it would be 'immoral to bring it [a baby with Down's Syndrome] into the world if you have the choice.'
This type of comment shouldn't come as a surprise to those who know Dawkins and know of his determined fight against any kind of religious influence on society. While the pro-life movement is far from an exclusively religious group, it does, in part, stem from values held by certain religious groups. And it is very often those religious groups who bear the brunt of Dawkins' tirades.
This latest attack does, however, suggest a callous disregard for the lives of people with Down's Syndrome. It is a step up, even for Dawkins.
Nobody can surely point to a Down's Syndrome child in the womb and suggest that it is 'moral' for that child to be aborted. Whether you are pro-life or pro-choice, surely no abortion can be explicitly moral.
Dawkins' disregard doesn't only attack innocent, defenceless children in the womb; it also disregards the mother for whom an abortion must be a traumatic experience, by flippantly suggesting abortion is a simple matter.
To read more on this, click the following link to go to telepgraph.co.uk: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/health/healthnews/11047072/Richard-Dawkins-immoral-to-allow-Downs-syndrome-babies-to-be-born.html
|Posted on July 18, 2014 at 5:43 AM||comments ()|
Picture: BBC website
Human life is back on the parliamentary agenda as the House of Lords today continues debating whether people, in certain circumstances, should have the right to die.
It’s a debate that has sparked considerable interest up and down the country, tugging at the emotions of many people who have experienced pain and suffering of loved ones. It is easy enough to find proponents of the Assisted Dying Bill among this number; people who have watched their loved ones slowly slip away, each day bringing on more pain, stretching human emotions to the absolute limit. They feel that it would be humane to end that suffering more quickly and you can understand their passion for this argument.
Yet there are many who have been in a similar position and who believe we have a duty to care for our fellow human beings and to give them every chance of life for as long as is necessary.
However, if we take a small step back and look at this a little more broadly, the beginnings of a rather alarming picture can be seen. It started with the Abortion Act 1967; a law which, in the UK at least, was supposed to be a reaction to the increasing number of botched backstreet abortions and that was to restrict abortions to the most serious cases. It was envisaged, albeit misguidedly, that the law, would actually save lives. This law, as we are all too aware, is now abused by both women and doctors to the point where there were 189,931 abortions in England & Wales in 2012, up 8% from 2001 figures. In fact, in the entire UK there have been some 8 million abortions since 1967; and this was a law that was supposed to protect human life!
Of course it is not just in the UK that abortion is a significant issue. It is an issue right across the world with the vast majority of countries making it legal.
And then we have euthanasia; the hot topic. Euthanasia has become increasingly popular in the last few years as more and more people strive to have the right to decide when they should die (as has been the case in Switzerland for some time). More and more countries are bringing in legislation to allow a person to dictate their final moments even to the point where Belgium has allowed it for children.
You now start to see the alarming picture I spoke of earlier. A picture where the margins of life are being brought closer together so that only the strong are deemed fully entitled to survive. The weak are being pushed out into the margins, to the grey area where their life is considered dispensable. And while there is no absolute compulsion on the weakest to die (except in the case of the unborn who do not have a choice) the fact that the option to die exists may create an awkward stand off between the strong and their desire to push on in life, and the weak who are holding them back.
Life is no longer seen as a gift (whether from a benevolent Creator or otherwise) but a commodity where the strong and most powerful are in control. If a woman becomes pregnant but finds herself in a situation of financial uncertainty, the state has made it very easy for her to have an abortion. If a woman becomes pregnant and there is family pressure being exerted on her to have an abortion, the state has made it very easy to do so. It may be that it simply ‘isn’t the right time’ to have a child. Again, the state has become complacent, and will allow for an abortion in such circumstances.
With euthanasia we are simply moving to the other section of life where people are at their most vulnerable….from vulnerable young people to vulnerable old people. And then you have those in between; the disabled, people with severe mental health problems, and people with conditions such as Down’s Syndrome. Suddenly these people become vulnerable to the powerful. They too slip away into the ever increasing margins of those deemed unworthy of the right to life.
Life is quickly becoming the domain of the strong. The weak, pushed out to the margins, are no longer worthy of the one basic right that surely each and every one of us is entitled to. Indeed, we are hurtling towards the point where the weakest are no longer tolerated.
Life is no longer a basic entitlement for all human beings. Rather, it has become a right only for the elite.
|Posted on January 22, 2014 at 2:30 AM||comments ()|
Today's Gospel (Mark 3:1-6):
'Jesus went again into a synagogue, and there was a man there who had a withered hand. And they were watching him to see if he would cure him on the sabbath day, hoping for something to use against him. He said to the man with the withered hand, ‘Stand up out in the middle!’ Then he said to them, ‘Is it against the law on the sabbath day to do good, or to do evil; to save life, or to kill?’ But they said nothing. Then, grieved to find them so obstinate, he looked angrily round at them, and said to the man, ‘Stretch out your hand.’ He stretched it out and his hand was better. The Pharisees went out and at once began to plot with the Herodians against him, discussing how to destroy him.'
It is appropriate that this Gospel passage should appear on this day. Today is the day when abortion was effectively legalised across the United States following the landmark ruling in the case of Roe v Wade in 1973.
Thousands of people will descend on the US capital Washington DC today protesting against abortion and arguing for the cause of life.
Jesus also makes an argument for the cause of life in today's Gospel passage. He makes the distinction between good and evil and then draws parallels with these terms, suggesting that to save a life is to do good and killing is to do evil. This should be obvious to everyone. Yet given the number of deaths as a result of abortion, this is clearly not the case.
Human beings are dying every day in our world because society has made them so easy to dispense with. How can this be happening? What are we doing to our children? In the UK we afford more protection to baby birds as they grow in their eggs than we do to unborn human beings. And this is no exaggeration.
Jesus, in front of the Pharisees in the synagogue, was not afraid to heal the man with the withered hand. He was not afraid to speak up for life in the face of criticism. Today, thousands of people will march for life and speak up for it as Jesus did. Each day in our world there is a growing number of young people standing up for the cause of life. In the UK and Ireland organisations such as Abort67, SPUC, and Youth Defence are standing up for little children who just never get the chance. The chance to live. If we cannot stand up for that, then what can we stand for?
If you are able, please spare a prayer today (or even better, a Rosary) for those unborn children. Spare a prayer for their mothers, their fathers, and their families. Spare a prayer for the medical staff who are involved in abortions. Spare a prayer for our governors, that they may be moved to give life a chance. And spare a prayer for those who are marching in Washington and who, across the world, are working hard to fight for justice for those little ones who have done no wrong.
In addition, if you feel compelled to get involved in one of the above groups or other pro-life campaigns then please do so! You will find you are not alone. The worldwide pro-life campaign is on a charge and it is growing by the day. We will win this. We will win the right to life for the little ones.
Jesus, in today's passage, has given us a choice: we can either save life, or we can kill it. What is your choice?
|Posted on December 23, 2013 at 6:54 AM||comments ()|
Spanish pro-life campaigners will see this decision as a step in the right direction
The conservative government in Spain has remained true to its word by rolling back legislation on abortion to restrict the procedure to cases of rape, serious foetal deformity, or if the pregnancy a grave mental or physical health risk to the mother or baby.
While the new draft legislation is yet to be approved by Parliament there is widespread consensus that Parliament will push through the changes without issue; given the ruling Popular Party’s majority control.
The new legislation is designed to penalise those performing any illegal abortions rather than the mother of the child. It also requires women of under 18 years of age to obtain the consent of their parents before they can have an abortion under the new rules. There is also further protection for the baby where it has genetic defects.
The decision by Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy’s Popular Party has been met with derision from feminist groups while pro-life campaigners are pleased to see the country’s abortion laws heading in the right direction after a liberalising of laws under the previous socialist regime.
We have stated before on Scots Catholic that there appears to be a shifting of attitudes on abortion across the globe. Especially when you consider the European Parliament’s recent rejection of abortion as a human right and the ‘One of Us’ pro-life campaign which collected over 1.8 million signatures and will soon seek to bring about significant change in abortion laws across Europe. Add this to the hundreds of abortion clinics that have closed across the United States in recent years and you have a true shifting of attitudes towards life.
|Posted on December 6, 2013 at 6:54 AM||comments ()|
Psychologist Dr Michael Scott has said that, thanks to the infamous Ground C in the Abortion Act 1967, most abortions in Britain are illegal.
Ground C allows for an abortion where continuance of the pregnancy would allow risk to the life of the pregnant woman, greater than if the pregnancy were terminated. Dr Scott suggests that this ground is being abused to the point where “we have de fact abortion on demand”.
Sadly Dr Scott is right. We do now effectively have abortion on demand in Britain, and there is a real risk that sex-selective abortions will be performed in the future under the guise of Ground C, if they aren’t already being performed.
The horror of this cannot be understated. It is bad enough that our government allows for the killing of innocent young lives but for the legislation to be abused in this way as society turns a convenient blind eye defies belief. The culture of death continues to make inroads in our world....
Read the Zenit article here: