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PROLIFE CHAIN OF PRAYER 

Council 396 will be hosting the Rosary on  Monday 27th April at 7pm on Zoom. 

Our Assistant Provincial Chaplain Fr Jim Dean will be leading us in this witness. 

If you are interested in joining with us please download Zoom and Private Message or Email me for a pin code to access. This will be sent on the morning of 27th April. 

Please join the Knights of St Columba in praying the Rosary on Monday 27th April at 7pm. 

This date marks the anniversary when abortion became legal in Great Britain and we join SPUC and all in the Prolife movement in the CHAIN OF PRAYER on that day. We pray for the millions of babies who were denied their human right to live during these past 50 plus years and for an end 
to abortion in our country and the world.  

We are calling on all our Brothers, friends and families to join together as Councils or Provinces on  Zoom or other media to pray the Rosary for
this most important intention, especially during these days when the sanctity of human life is at the forefront of our thoughts. 
If you do not have access to pray as a group please do so individually in your homes. 

Our Lady and St Columba pray for us. 
Our Lady of Guadalupe pray for our world. 

Bertie

Bertie M Grogan 
Supreme Knight
sk@ksc.org.uk
The letter from the President of the Bishops’ Conference of Scotland, Bishop Hugh Gilbert, has been sent to Ms Jeane Freeman, Cabinet Secretary for Health and Sport 
Dear Cabinet Secretary 
  
I find the decision of the Scottish Government to allow women experiencing crisis pregnancies to have consultations by phone or video and to make provision for the delivery of abortion medication by post deeply troubling. 
  
Some important questions about the process arise, such as: 
Are women receiving information on all available options including details of organisations which can offer support to both the mother and the baby? 
Is sufficient time given to counselling during the consultation and to explore the potential physical and psychological impact of abortion on women in both the short and long term? 
Is it appropriate for drugs which end the life of a human being to be sent by post, trivialising what is an extremely serious and life-changing procedure? 
The drugs provided not only end the life of an unborn child but are also a risk to the health of its mother. Whilst according the April 2019 NICE Draft Guideline, the risk of serious complications is low, the available data refer to medical termination procedures which are normally initiated in the clinic, and where the woman has been kept under clinical observation for 3 hours. The Guideline refers only to women being permitted subsequently to pass the pregnancy at home. There is, even in these circumstances, a real risk of severe bleeding and sepsis in a small number, and a need for further surgery in a larger proportion, depending on the stage of the pregnancy. It is difficult to envisage how the less tangible, but nevertheless real, longer term psychological and mental health complications can be dealt with in an online setting. Vulnerable women in unsatisfactory domestic circumstances are particularly at risk.  
  
I believe it is profoundly depressing that in the midst of this unprecedented global pandemic when the resources of almost every government on earth are being diverted towards the preservation of life, especially the lives of the weak and vulnerable, the Scottish Government continues to act to end the lives of the weakest and most vulnerable members of society, the unborn. It is more than disheartening that the Scottish Government should see fit to promote ‘abortion at home’ as though this were a trivial matter equivalent to taking any other medication at home. A position like this appears to be more a matter of ideology than of genuine and dispassionate concern for women’s wellbeing.  
  
Aside from the Scottish Bishops’ Conference’s absolute opposition to abortion, there are also serious practical concerns involved here. The decision to allow women to take potent abortifacient medications in a largely unsupervised manner at home is not only fatal for the innocent human beings in the womb but also constitutes a real risk to women’s present and longer term health and wellbeing. 
  
It is of particular concern that there is no way of establishing that a woman is not being coerced into an abortion in the context of a poorly safeguarded online consultation. In the current situation, there is already an increase in complaints about domestic abuse since the Coronavirus restrictions were put in place. It is far from clear how the Scottish Government proposes to set in place the prudent support procedures which permit all the relevant factors in each individual case privately and without coercion.  
  
This is a serious matter and I look forward to receiving your response to the concerns raised in this letter. 
  
Yours Sincerely 
  
Hugh Gilbert OSB 
Bishop of Aberdeen 
President of the Bishops’ Conference of Scotland
Abortion At Home - Judicial Review Request
Click on the image below to view the Judicial Review Request filed by Christian Concern after the recent attempt to chnage the law to allow abortions at home.