Nicola Sturgeon appreciating the beauty of new life
It is wonderful to hear Scotland’s First Minister Nicola
Sturgeon announce that, from Spring 2017, all pregnant women will receive free
vitamins in order to help give their children the best possible start in life.
In addition to making vitamins freely available the Scottish
Government will also be introducing the following initiatives:
- Every newborn baby to receive a ‘baby box’ of essential
- 500 more health visitors will be recruited to improve child
health and wellbeing
Children should be safe in the hands of midwives
The Chief Executive of the Royal College of Midwives (RCM) is
facing calls to resign after announcing that the organisation supported the
removal of the 24 week time limit for abortions in the UK. Cathy Marwick has caused consternation among RCM
members, many of whom have signed an online petition seeking to distance themselves from the RCM’s stance. They have also accused her of failing to
consult on the issue.
Marwick, who is the chair of the UK’s
biggest abortion provider BPAS (British Pregnancy Advisory Service), has not surprisingly been
accused of a conflict of interest given her two roles.
The Catholic Bishops of Scotland
The Catholic Bishops of both Scotland and Poland have been
busy making a case for the protection of the unborn this week. The Polish Bishops have been pushing for
legislative change to bring about a total ban on abortions and they, along with
the Polish government, appear to have mustered more than enough support to
ensure the law is passed.
Meanwhile, in Scotland, the Catholic Bishops have released
their traditional statement ahead of the May election for the Scottish
The petition will be debated in Holyrood
Scottish MSPs will today discuss a petition calling on the
government to make incest legal between consenting adults over the age of
The petition, by Richard Morris, claims that the existing
law is “inappropriate, unfair, ineffective and discriminatory” and suggests
that public “prejudice and bigotry” about incest was caused by ignorance. He has also apparently likened the issue to
historical treatment of homosexuals.
The Catechism of the Catholic Church is clear on the matter
of incest and states the following:
The campaign aims to tackle proposals to extend the abortion time limit
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.
New Equality and Human Rights Commission guidance on how same-sex marriage should be taught in schools appears to offer protection to those who believe that marriage should only be between one man and one woman.
The guidance makes the following important points:
No school, or individual teacher, is under a duty to support, promote or endorse marriage of same sex couples.
Teachers and other school staff, parents and pupils are all free to hold personal opinions on the marriage of same sex couples, including a view that marriage should only be between a man and a woman.
Doctors in Scotland have made clear their opposition to assisted suicide as the Health and Sport Committee continues to hear evidence on the proposed new legislation at Holyrood.
In an open letter to The Herald fifteen senior clinicians expressed their concern that 'legalisation of assisted suicide would expose our patients to internal or external pressures to consider [the option of assisted suicide], creating a dilemma which would compound their distress and prejudice their treatment and its outcome.
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.
Healthcare professionals must care, not kill
It is being reported that the Scottish Government's Health and Sport Committee, which will meet next week to discuss the proposed Assisted Suicide Bill, is likely to reject the proposals initially put forward by the late Margo MacDonald.
Proponents have suggested that most of those invited to consult on the bill are against assisted suicide which will ensure any plans to introduce assisted dying in Scotland are doomed to failure at a very early stage.
Pope Francis says, ‘May we always live in solidarity with all of humanity, and never close in on ourselves.’
It's interesting that this comment comes a day before Scotland goes to the polls to vote in independence, a move the pope has already expressed concern about.
Click here to read the pope’s full address: