Life is precious. All people have intrinsic worth and the measure of a civilised society is how we treat those who are 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.
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, so the 70% of women that want a reduction in the 24-week limit are ignored. In the same survey, 70% of parents indicated they want the introduction of parental consent for girls 15 and under to get abortions. We agree.
We oppose the introduction of assisted suicide and euthanasia. If death is seen as a valid option, then 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. Nicola Sturgeon’s and Ruth Davidson’s comments on the issue are very guarded and seem to leave room for a change of position in the future. Patrick Harvie of the Green Party enthusiastically supported the Assisted Suicide Bill. The Scottish Lib Dems have Assisted Suicide as a party policy.The Scottish Family Party can be relied on to provide principled opposition to assisted suicide and euthanasia, regardless of public opinion.
There are those arguing for a change to an “opt-out” rather than “opt-in” system of organ donation. If we change to “opt out”, the state claims rights over our bodies when we die, and we cease to be “donors” in any active sense if our organs are used. 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.