“Women experiencing a crisis pregnancy should be given face-to-face counselling. Denying women this would be tantamount to neglect and a failure of the Scottish government’s duty of care towards a vulnerable group.”
Earlier this month, the Catholic parliamentary office issued guidelines for Catholics to consider when participating in the consultation. It highlighted the importance of having complete information about the support available to the mother and the baby, as well as the significance of the “human contact”.
The guidelines also urged the Scottish Government to “acknowledge the reality of abortion, which ends the life of an innocent, defenceless human being, and to create the conditions which will ensure adequate support for all women experiencing crisis pregnancies, their baby, and wider family.”
The consultation is due to end on 5th January. An Online consultation is also going in England but will end on 26th February.