Sunday, September 23rd, 2007 @ 11:39AM
The article also makes clear that “Aides have made it clear they would not start moves for change until there was cross-party consensus,” but then states that Salmond believes “abortion must be an issue of conscience for members of parliament.”
So to summarise, the SNP wants us to have a national conversation about abortion but has no intention of doing anything with the outcome. The SNP wants cross-party consensus but doesn’t want MSPs to vote along party lines – and by the way, Alex Salmond wants to reduce time limits.
If this is an issue of conscience and there’s no singular voice representing “Scotland” – why are the SNP banging on about it?
…Because it’s payback time for the Cardinal and Brian Soutar.
I believe women should have equal access to safe, legal, free abortion and that these rights should be defended and extended. All of that is in jeopardy if abortion is devolved.
I’m appalled that these rights and the fire, behind what is undoubtedly a passionate debate, is being stoked by the SNP to grab another front page. But Today’s news is also a dangerous warning shot - when you’re dealing with the Catholic church and bigots like Brian Soutar, every liberal and progressive mind in Scotland has something to worry about.