CARE for Scotland interview: life begins at conception

CARE for Scotland’s policy officer Gordon Macdonald has been interviewed by the Sunday Herald newspaper about the new “Don’t Stop A Beating Heart” campaign in Scotland.

Although some sections of the media are questioning why the campaign exists, there is clear evidence of calls being made for MSPs to use the new powers to liberalise abortion laws.With power over abortion set to be devolved to the Scottish Parliament later this year, CARE for Scotland has joined with other leading pro-life groups to provide a strong, clear voice for unborn children and to oppose any further liberalisation to abortion law in Scotland.

Gordon’s contribution can be found at the end of the piece. Stressing CARE’s view that life begins at conception, he points out that the 1967 Abortion Act has been widely misinterpreted and it is likely 98 per cent of abortions performed in the UK are actually illegal under the terms of the ’67 act.

He also said every pregnancy carries risk and if you argue abortion is necessary because there is a greater risk to the mother by continuing with the pregnancy, rather than ending it, then that argument could reasonably be applied to all pregnancies meaning we would all be extinct.

Unreported in the copy version was the observation that the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) makes it clear that Government’s must do all they can to protect the rights of the unborn and that abortion should be discouraged. The ease of access to abortion is already breaking with the principles of this internationally respected document, so to further liberalise abortion would only exacerbate the problem.

Again, unreported was a key point about population statistics. In Scotland, a low percentage of young people coupled with an ageing population has created a ticking ‘time-bomb’. In 2004 the former First Minister, Jack McConnell said Scotland’s population was short of 500,000 people. Statistics show since 1968, over 600,000 lives have been aborted in Scotland. The Registrar General for Scotland has estimated that the percentage of the Scottish population aged over 65 will increase from 17% in 2014 to 25% by 2033, raising concerns about the sustainability of public services and the affordability of pensions.

CARE was founded upon a desire to stand-up for the rights of the unborn child and to provide a voice for the voiceless. More than 30 years later, CARE for Scotland is playing its part in this new pro-life campaign to protect unborn children in Scotland.


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