Over 400 pro-lifers attended SPUC Scotland’s Annual Torchlight Procession in Glasgow yesterday evening, October 24th.
The Torchlight Procession is a peaceful vigil organised by SPUC Scotland each year in October, the anniversary of the 1967 Abortion Act. Since the passing of the 1967 Abortion Act, over 9 million unborn children in the United Kingdom have been killed, with countless mothers and families hurt by abortion.
The Torchlight Procession is a mark of remembrance and respect for those lives lost and hurt by abortion. Pro-Lifers gathered in George Square, Glasgow, at 6pm to pray the Rosary, followed by a candle lit procession to St Andrew’s Cathedral.
SPUC Chief Executive John Smeaton welcomed the event.
Mr Smeaton said: “Such events around the United Kingdom are an important part of SPUC’s efforts to witness the right to life”.
The Abortion Act “opened the door to a tragedy”
SPUC Scotland Director of Communications and Campaigns, Michael Robinson, said:
“Of all the tragedies to befall a nation none comes close to abortion for the number of lives it ends and injures. It was 52 years ago this weekend that David Steel’s bill was passed. It opened the door to a tragedy that has seen the loss of nine million lives as well as untold emotional and psychological trauma for those involved in abortion.
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“After five decades of cooperation with abortion it has become very difficult for our society to be honest about the reality that abortion involves the killing of a baby and its impact on the baby’s mother.. Instead slogans and talk of women’s rights are used to keep the lid firmly on the issue.
“In addition, politicians are struggling to face up to the concerns of an aging society whilst remaining blind to the massive loss of life under the abortion law. Since the passing of the 1967 Abortion Act, over 9 million unborn children in the United Kingdom have been killed. Human life is the greatest resource that a society has yet our political leaders see new life as a threat rather than a gift”.
Abortion 52 years on
The evidence-based review, Abortion and Women’s Health, reveals the horrific impact that abortion can have upon the mental health of some women.
Key findings from the review are that:
- A woman who undergoes an abortion is six times more likely to commit suicide than a woman who gives birth.
- A woman is 30% more likely to suffer from depression compared to a woman who gives birth.
- A woman is 25% more likely to suffer from anxiety compared to a woman who gives birth.
- A woman who has had an abortion is at a higher risk of psychiatric admission compared to a woman who gives birth.
Currently in the United Kingdom, abortion can be performed for any reason until the 24th week of pregnancy. An unborn child can then be aborted up until birth if they are suspected to posses a foetal anomaly.