New nerve centre for Scottish pro-life movement opened
28 August 2018
More than 60 people gathered on Friday for the opening of the Society for the Protection of Unborn Children (SPUC) Scotland's new offices in central Glasgow.
The greatly expanded new facilities, which also provide space for the Abortion Recovery Care and Helpline (ARCH), were opened by Archbishop Philip Tartaglia of Glasgow, at an event attended by representatives from a large number of cross sector partners and friends.
SPUC Scotland CEO John Deighan explained that the much larger office space has allowed an expansion in staff, vital for the Society's campaigning work, as well as benefitting the work of ARCH. "We're able to provide a better service for women who have been damaged by abortion, and the office is a great nerve centre for the campaigning work we're increasingly having to do in the face of so many challenges in the pro-life movement," he said.
"It's great to have support from such a broad section of the community at this opening - it's really encouraging, and gives us great hope going forward in the future."
SPUC is currently working to counter efforts by pro-abortion campaigners who want to completely decriminalise abortion which would allow abortion to birth for any reason. They are still in the middle of a legal challenge over the expansion of home abortions arising from government policy changes to allow women to take abortion pills at home; and they campaign to have the damage that abortion does to women recognised by politicians and wider society is ongoing.
In his remarks before unveiling the plaque and saying a prayer of dedication, Archbishop Tartaglia, accompanied by Archbishop Emeritus Mario Conti, said that the war on the status of the embryo had already been won. He described the opening of the new offices as "very encouraging and positive for the future."
Representatives from many groups were present, including from CARE, Evangelical Alliance, the Knights of St Columba, the Union of Catholic Mothers, Fertility Care Scotland , and the Cardinal Winning Initiative. Also present was John Mason MSP, a great friend of the office and ally to the pro-life movement.
Many of SPUC Scotland's youth movement also attended, including 15 members of the award winning Project Truth Initiative.
Hannah Patterson, a student at the University of Aberdeen who has participated in two Project Truth roadshows, said: "It was an amazing day, seeing all the support from the public, especially from the youth. SPUC's efforts inspire us to do more within society and to make sure the pro-life message is passed on. This new office is now big enough to have all the youth over!" Fellow Project Truth participant Hannah O'Neill said: "I was very humbled to be invited to the official opening of the new SPUC and ARCH offices. It’s great to see both organisations have a new home, especially the new space for ARCH. Their vital counselling work can now be done in a comfortable and confidential space and I am looking forward to hearing how this new space works out."
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