Despite the stormy weather and disrupted travel, around 30 people joined SPUC Dundee in the City Square to witness to the 57th anniversary of the passing of 1967 the Abortion Act. The vigil is always held on the nearest Thursday to the anniversary as the City Centre is usually a bit busier with late night shoppers. However, this year, the date the Act was passed, 26th October, actually fell on the Thursday. “Although it can be difficult for people to be confronted with this message, it’s important that the abortion issue is kept in the public mind,” said Josephine Cecil, SPUC branch chair person. SPUC Scotland have warned that, with the abortion figure rising by 20% in the last year and the majority of abortions being carried out at home, abortion is fast becoming normalised in our country. A similar event was also held in George Square, Glasgow.
There was a good turn out from the Universities Catholic Society and from the Marian Franciscans Order. One supporter said, “Unlike last year’s event which suffered some hostile opposition, this year’s silent vigil was peaceful and prayerful”. The Dundee public witness, which lasted from 6-7pm was followed by Mass in St Andrew’s Cathedral. Around 50 people joined Canon Kevin who offered the Mass for pro-life intentions.
Dundee SPUC are very grateful to all who supported the event and hope to revert to the usual two-hour vigil next year.