BY Ian Dunn | November 6 2015 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS     print icon print


Intimidation fails to extinguish the light of life

Pro-lifers see off intimidation by radical pro-abortion activists at annual event

A TORCHLIT pro-life rally in Glasgow last week had to see off intimidation by radical pro-abortion activists.

More than 400 supporters of the unborn gathered in George Square last Thursday to pray the Rosary and sing hymns before marching down to St Andrew’s Cathedral for Mass. However supporters of abortion formed a circle around them and yelled anti-life chants (above).


Protecting pro-life message

Rachel Munro, a pro-life activist who was present, said that they stayed positive and that ‘our hymns were louder than their chants!’

“There was an attempt to hide us and drown us out,” she said. “They tried to intimidate people by forming a human barrier—people had to get through to join us. Thankfully I don’t think they put anyone off. There were real signs of hope. There was a bigger number of people there than last year and a great mixture of all ages.”

SPUC Scotland chief executive John Deighan said he was disappointed the police hadn’t done more to protect the pro-life campaigners.

“I did ask the police to create more of a distance between the groups,” he said. “But they declined, which is hard to understand. Perhaps because we are such a peaceful group they weren’t worried enough.”

He also said the counter protest was an attempt to shut down pro-life voices.

“Their approach is they don’t want people to see both sides,” he said. “They want to stop people seeing pro-life arguments; that’s why they tried to encircle us. It’s the typical suppression of those afraid of the truth. To be honest a lot of them were young students who I think were being manipulated.”


A wide range of Catholic groups were represented at the procession and Mass including the Knights of St Columba, several Catholic student’s groups and pupils from St Ninian’s High School in Eastwood.

Archbishop Philip Tartaglia of Glasgow gave the sermon and congratulated all those present for their witness for life.








—This story ran in full in the November 6 edition print of the SCO, available in parishes


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