Dundee’s branch of the Society for the Protection of Unborn Children (SPUC) held its 17th consecutive annual silent vigil on 22nd October in Dundee city centre, to mark the passing of the 1967 Abortion Act.
It was a smaller event than usual due to the current restriction on public gatherings.
“We chose not to advertise the event more widely this year but didn’t want to let the anniversary pass by unmarked,” said Clare McGraw, SPUC Dundee branch secretary and organiser of the event.
“Just under 30 people attended to witness to the nine million children who have been killed in the UK since the act was passed.”
The group held placards with the phone number of a helpline for post-abortion counselling. Dundee’s new pro-life centre, the Dundee Pregnancy and Parenthood Support, has been endorsed by Bishop Stephen Robson and is on hand to help local women in crisis pregnancies with practical and emotional support.
SPUC is currently campaigning against the Scottish Government’s DIY abortion scheme which provides for abortion drugs to be taken at home without medical supervision. Michael Robinson, SPUC director of communications, said: “As we feared from the beginning, DIY abortion has proved impossible to regulate.
“Abortion pills already carry risks, including risks to the mother’s life, even if the first pill is taken in the clinic. In the case of DIY abortion, pills have been taken at home long after the recommended point in pregnancy.
“A mystery shopper exercise found that abortion providers have been sending out pills to women without even basic checks.”
Picture: Pro-life campaigners attend the vigil in Dundee.