In Scotland there are a range of talented and committed pro life activists from many walks of life and of all ages, faiths and non-faiths. Many of our activists have been pro-choice but moved to a pro-life viewpoint. To assist in building a culture of life that we know will benefit the entire community as it is based on true compassion. Walking with people as they settle into an unplanned pregnancy, coping with crisis without resorting to taking innocent life. At SPUC Scotland we want to celebrate the work of our activists. We caught up with one very inspiring woman in Edinburgh, Margaret Palmer. The interview she gave is a great read.
Questions: What is your name? Rough age?
Margaret Palmer, 22
Why are you in Scotland?
I am studying Classical Studies at the University of Edinburgh, but I’m originally from Boston
How did you find out about SPUC Scotland? Are you involved ?
I found out about SPUC Scotland from the prolife group on campus. I have been involved in the Project Truth Roadshow and go along to the SPUC Youth Conference.
When did you first become aware of being prolife?
I was in my early teenage years when I started to really consider the value of human life. I first was influenced by a suicide of someone dear to me. From then, I began to consider what makes life valuable and ‘worth living.’ I had the opportunity to work children with disabilities in various ways, including in an orphanage in Nicaragua. I was struck to the heart by the fact that many would see little value in these children’s lives. More recently, I have considered how the Western World treats its elderly, who have given so much in their lives. Ultimately, I want to empower everyone by valuing everyone.
Something that has become increasingly important to me as an adult is the way our culture treats women. They are objectified and used at every turn, and quite frankly, I have never bought into the empowerment that supposedly came to my gender decades ago. I have experienced and seen women taken advantage of and undersold by the media and the people around them. I hope to bring people a message of true empowerment that tells men, women, and children alike that they don’t need violence and death in order to assert their liberation, value, and freedom.
Have you been active in prolife, and in what capacity?
I’ve been involved in the prolife movement in various ways. I am the President of Edinburgh University Life Society, which is our prolife society. I have also participated in various initiatives. This summer I was a rally captain for the #womenbetrayed rally in Boston. It was a rally calling for the investigation and defunding of Planned Parenthood.
Do you find that rewarding?
While prolife work can be very challenging at times, particularly in a student environment, it is also exceptionally rewarding. The rally in Boston truly gave me and the others involved a sense that we could actually affect change in a positive way. Prolife work is made easier by the fantastic community involved in the work; we are strengthened and encouraged by one another. Ultimately, we’re working together to change the culture into one that truly values all people, and that is enough to keep me going.
Does it help the mother and baby?
The important thing is that we seek to support mother and child. We must challenge the stereotype that prolifers only care about children until they are born, and leave mother and baby with no support system. The abortion industry exploits women, and we must everyday provide the love and care that truly empowers them. Then we will finally be able to leave this cycle of violence behind us.
What would you say to someone who wants to stand for prolife but is nervous?
I won’t lie, it is not always easy. In a student environment, many people will dislike you for it. But, have courage! There is a whole network of prolifers out there to turn to. Remember to be compassionate in all of your conversations, and truly listen to and engage with the people who oppose you. We must try our best to keep the conversation open, that way we can hopefully encourage people to value the lives of all those around them.
What are your future plans?
TOUGH QUESTION! I’m in my final year of Uni, and I don’t even know what country I’ll be living in in a years time, let alone what work I’ll be doing. Regardless, I’m sure I’ll be involved in the prolife cause wherever I am. My place in the prolife movement is certainly influenced by my gender and age. Prolife feminism is an important cause to me and I’ll be shouting it from the rooftops for years to come!
SPUC Scotland welcomes everyone who wants to get involved to promote the pro-life cause.
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