Life is precious. All human life has intrinsic worth and the measure of a civilised society is how we treat those who are most vulnerable.
We affirm the value of human life in the womb. Abortion as a means of birth control is morally unjustifiable. Ultimately, we would like to see the law reflect this, but immediate steps could include offering independent counselling to those considering an abortion, reducing the current 24 week limit for abortions and preventing abortion on grounds of disability after 24 weeks. We would ensure that young people are presented with the facts about abortion and the possible emotional consequences when the subject is discussed in schools. No organisation which provides abortions should be entitled to charitable status. We would seek to involve potential fathers in the decision-making process.
We would invest in support for women facing unwanted pregnancy, helping them to establish a strong network of support and encouraging alternatives such as fostering or adoption.
Those who currently don’t have a strong view about abortion might still agree that this important topic should be discussed openly as a party-political issue. Currently, no Holyrood or UK party is willing to start the debate by standing up to the pro-abortion consensus.
The Greens, Labour and Lib Dems in Scotland are pushing for the full decriminalisation of abortion. This entails abortion on demand up to full term. The SNP government funds organisations that campaign for this as well. The Conservatives have no policy, but they are certainly not a pro-life party and votes for them will not defend the lives of the unborn.
Without abortion, births would exceed deaths in Scotland. The problem of population decline could be addressed by restricting abortion.
We oppose the introduction of assisted suicide and euthanasia. If choosing death is seen as a valid option, this will inevitably lead to vulnerable people experiencing pressure, real or imagined, to end their lives. We want everyone to feel valued and worthy of the highest degree of care throughout their life. Suicide should not be promoted as a valid response to difficulties.
The Scottish Parliament has voted twice against assisted suicide, but a desire to avoid controversy may have been the key factor, rather than a principled defence of the value of all human life. Party leaders’ comments on the issue are very guarded and seem to leave room for a change of position in the future. The Green Party and the Scottish Lib Dems have Assisted Suicide as party policy. The SNP, Labour and Conservatives have no policy, so a vote for them is a vote for indifference. The Scottish Family Party can be relied on to provide principled opposition to assisted suicide and euthanasia, regardless of public opinion.
The “opt-out” system of organ donation is wrong. The state should not claim rights over our bodies when we die. Organ donation should be a choice. Consent should not be assumed. We believe that our mortal remains do not belong to the state, but to the family, seeking to carry out the wishes of the deceased. An “opt-in” system, with wide participation, is best.