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(LifeSiteNews) – A Catholic politician in Scotland is leading the charge to increase access to abortion for women in the country while calling for the implementation of so-called “buffer zones” around abortion clinics prohibiting pro-life activists from peacefully protesting or offering help to women outside of such facilities.
Monica Lennon, a member of the Scottish Labour Party who represents the Central Scotland region in the country’s Edinburgh-based parliament, is an outspoken supporter of abortion, using her political platform to champion “safe access to abortion” and describing the brutal killing of the unborn as “healthcare.”
Last month, Lennon threw her support behind a nationwide “buffer zone” initiative, aimed at criminalizing pro-life protestors who demonstrate in areas around facilities where abortions are carried out. The ban would also prohibit prayerful vigils and other peaceful gatherings from happening within 150 metres (492 ft) of an abortion clinic.
Speaking in Holyrood on May 3, Lennon called upon the Scottish government to hold an “emergency summit” to fast-track the introduction of buffer zones around hospitals which carry out abortions following a leaked draft opinion of the U.S. Supreme Court that would overturn Roe v. Wade, the landmark ruling which introduced legal abortion in all 50 U.S. states.
Noting that the U.S. is “not a million miles away” from Scotland, Lennon argued that the leak proved there is an “urgent need” to remove the right to free assembly and to protest near abortion facilities for pro-life activists.
“All women, regardless of where they are in the world, should have safe access to abortion,” Lennon told lawmakers.
The parliamentarian continued, characterizing the peaceful 40 Days for Life vigil – which gathers on a street opposite Glasgow’s Queen Elizabeth University Hospital during Lent to pray for an end to abortion – as “harassment” and accused attendees of causing “unnecessary trauma.”
According to Britain’s Society for the Protection of Unborn Children (SPUC), the world’s oldest pro-life organization, a 2018 Home Office review concluded that pro-life protests do not include “aggressive activities” and that “introducing national buffer zones would not be a proportionate response” to pro-life gatherings.
In April, however, Lennon penned a letter to Scotland’s Minister for Health, Maree Todd, accusing her of failing to make good on government promises to introduce buffer zones.
“The failure of Scottish ministers to take swift and decisive action has led to an increase in co-ordinated protests … and the protesters are only becoming more emboldened,” the MSP charged.
Lennon’s unwavering defense of abortion and access to it comes despite her apparent Catholic faith. The pro-abortion politician is also reportedly “practicing,” attending Mass and even receiving the Sacraments.
However, Catholic Church doctrine stands in direct opposition to abortion, recognizing the act as directly killing a defenseless child in its mother’s womb.
The Catechism of the Catholic Church teaches that abortion is always “gravely contrary to the moral law,” and attaches the canonical penalty of excommunication to any “formal cooperation” in abortion. A 2004 memo issued by then-Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger identified “campaigning and voting for permissive abortion and euthanasia laws” as formal cooperation, requiring denial of Holy Communion.
LifeSiteNews contacted Lennon’s local bishop for comments regarding her pro-abortion stance as a Catholic public servant, but did not receive any communication.
In comments to LifeSiteNews, Peter Kearney, director of the Scottish Catholic Media Office, explained that Lennon’s position on abortion and buffer zones, particularly as a Catholic, is “incoherent on a number of grounds.”
Kearney told LifeSiteNews that “the Church would expect all Catholics, whether or not they are politicians, to uphold the teaching of the Church, and that would clearly mean that Catholic politicians would be expected to stand up and defend Church teaching.”
By not only supporting abortion as “healthcare” but also the restriction of protests and vigils around abortion facilities, Kearney said, Lennon falls foul of “human rights laws which permit people to express their views and opinions: freedom of expression, freedom of speech, and freedom of assembly.”
Continuing, Kearney said that to suggest that such freedoms be “shut down” is “extremely chilling because that is the beginning of a very slippery slope of intolerance.”
In the aftermath of the leak of the Supreme Court majority opinion draft overruling Roe v. Wade, lawless vandals backed by the abortion lobby and pro-abortion politicians have launched riots and violent attacks on pro-life entities across America, from pregnancy centers to churches, and even targeted Justices' homes.
This widespread, organized effort not only sets a dangerous standard for how groups and individuals may opt to stage demonstrations going forward, but begs the question of how the pro-abortion crowd would behave if and when the Supreme Court officially overturns Roe later this summer.
And, worst of all, the White House has largely turned a blind eye to these riots, with Joe Biden -- who at one time claimed to be personally opposed to abortion due to his Catholic faith -- now acting as the foremost advocate for unfettered abortion access in America.
Biden's nonexistent response must be addressed, and the White House needs to know that the American people demand better from their supposed "leader."
Please SIGN and SHARE this petition calling on Joe Biden to stop beating around the bush and finally issue a formal statement condemning the violent riots and attacks on pro-life institutions across our country in the wake of the leaked Supreme Court majority opinion draft overturning Roe v. Wade.
Over Mother's Day weekend, pro-abortion attacks broke out across America, with increasingly depraved activists targeting pregnancy centers, pro-life advocacy organizations, and churches with either disruptive demonstrations or, in some cases, vandalism and outright violence.
Among the most barbaric occurrences was the vicious attack on Wisconsin Family Action, a pro-life group headquartered in Madison, where vandals threw a Molotov cocktail into an office window, started a fire on one of its walls, and left a threatening graffiti message reading "If abortions aren't safe then you aren't either."
Review a FULL LIST of other appalling attacks HERE.
They even descended upon the homes of Supreme Court Justices like Samuel Alito, Brett Kavanaugh, and Chief Justice John Roberts, who appear poised to formally issue the final blow to Roe v. Wade in the coming weeks, after publishing a map with their private addresses.
The case, which was decided nearly 50 years ago in 1973, saw members of the bench fabricate a constitutional "right" to abortion, depriving individual states from crafting their own laws to protect life. However, should Roe, as expected, be overturned, the matter of abortion would be returned to the states, where it always belonged, giving lawmakers the ability to propose legislation that would either place strong restrictions on the procedure or, in some cases, ban it outright.
And while, of course, freedom of speech must be protected and defended for all Americans, demonstrations that devolve into vandalism, rioting, the use of intimidation tactics against members of the judiciary (or anyone else, for that matter), or violence in any form must NEVER be tolerated.
But the White House seems to be taking a different approach...
It wasn't until Monday afternoon that Press Secretary Jen Psaki finally acknowledged the threat posed to Supreme Court Justices by out-of-control pro-abotion activists, claiming that "judges perform an incredibly important function in our society, and they must be able to do their jobs without concern for their personal safety."
This is true, but it took Psaki an entire week to make any semblance of a definitive statement about the White House's position on this urgent matter. In fact, Psaki previously refused to discourage the targeting of Justices' homes when asked, insisting that pro-abortion groups were staging "peaceful protests" instead; she even failed to condemn the leak itself -- an unprecedented breach of trust and rejection of institutional norms that could permanently damage the standing of the court and its ability to function as an apolitical body.
And, of course, Joe Biden, himself, has been virtually silent on the matter, failing to effectively speak out against these riots and reassure the American people that those who seek to vandalize property and perpetrate violence will be held legally accountable for their actions by the Department of Justice.
This is entirely unacceptable behavior from a commander-in-chief, and as political allies like Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot (rather ironically) incite insurrection by labeling the Supreme Court's pending decision a "call to arms," the American people must demand that Joe Biden clarify where he stands, and whose side he's really on.
The rule of law must be upheld and applied equally, and that means calling out radical anti-life rioters and ensuring there are consequences for their violent outbursts and destruction of property across the country.
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As an example, the media director suggested that people who gather in a picket line during an industrial dispute or strike and who might be encouraging participation from onlookers would presumably “fail the Monica Lennon test,” since such a demonstration could be viewed as threatening.
“If people felt intimidated or harassed, therefore, they shouldn’t be allowed. So picket lines should be banned by this measure. Demonstrations of every kind would need to be banned,” Kearney noted.
On April 9, a small group of protesters stood in a silent vigil in Glasgow’s George Square, holding up Ukrainian flags in a protest at the Russian invasion of Ukraine. Kearney argued that, “in principle, if a Russian was to walk across George Square, he or she might be offended by that if they were in favor of the Russian invasion of Ukraine.”
“So, again, by Monica Lennon’s measure, we should have banned those Ukrainians from their silent vigil.”
“This is this is a chilling restriction on freedom of speech, freedom of expression and should not be accepted by the Scottish Government,” he concluded.
LifeSiteNews contacted Monica Lennon’s office for comment, but received no reply.
Meanwhile, a public consultation on buffer zones was launched Thursday as part of a member’s bill proposed by Green MSP Gillian Mackay, the details of which accuse pro-life activists of harassing women attempting to procure abortions.
Commenting on the bill Michael Robinson, SPUC’s executive director for public affairs and legal services, said that MacKay’s proposal “follows a dirge of false reporting on pro-life vigils.”
“Ultimately, propaganda from media sources, politicians, and activists has sought to smear pro-lifers as harassers to further a pro-abortion, anti-free speech agenda that ultimately leads to more abortion and more heartbroken mothers and fathers,” he said.
Robinson stressed that “pro-abortion untruths” must be dismantled while promising “swift action from SPUC.”
“We must all join now and take action to reject buffer zones in Scotland with full voice. Mothers, unborn babies and their families are counting on us.”
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