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[Today’s Prayer] Scottish Parliament debates law to ban prayers near abortion clinics

There has been widespread opposition to a bill that would introduce a buffer zone for abortion clinics across Scotland.

The British Christian Today (CT) recently reported related news, saying, “More than three-quarters (77%) of attendees opposed the bill proposed by Scottish Parliament member Gillian McKay.”

This bill includes the introduction of a nationwide buffer zone that prohibits ‘prayer’ and ‘anti-abortion activities’ within 200 meters of abortion clinics. The scope of activity includes anything that can be seen or heard within the buffer zone and, if found guilty, a fine of up to £10,000 (approximately 17 million won) or an unlimited amount of fines can be imposed.

The consultation, led by the Scottish Parliament's Health, Social Care and Sport Committee, attracted 5,858 people, of whom only 22% supported the bill. This is similar to the results of a Savanta ComRes poll which found that only 30% of Scots supported the introduction of a national buffer zone.

However, the Health, Social Care and Sport Committee has already agreed to the overall principles of the bill.

Pro-life groups voiced opposition, saying, “It could also be criminalized for private homeowners or churches to display ‘help offering’ signs in their building windows.” Right to Life argued, “Under this bill, conversations taking place outside private homes or churches could be criminalized if they are heard within the buffer zone.”

Catherine Robinson, spokeswoman for Right to Life UK, said: “This will deprive women of vital support and become the most extreme abortion buffer zone law in the world. Many women have benefited from anti-abortion volunteers who have provided practical support outside of abortion clinics. received. “This makes it clear to them that there are other options besides abortion,” she emphasized.

“But the proposed changes to the law mean the important and practical support provided by volunteers outside abortion clinics will be removed, and more lives will likely be lost to abortion,” she said. “This is a really harsh treatment that applies to families as well.” It's a bill. This could openly criminalize pro-life people. “This is direct viewpoint discrimination.”

We hear that 77 per cent of people across Scotland opposed legislation to introduce a buffer zone for abortion clinics. The bill calls for a nationwide introduction of a buffer zone banning "prayer" and "anti-abortion activities" within 200m of abortion clinics, with up to 10,000 pounds (about 12,543 US dollars) or unlimited fines to be paid if convicted of related charges.

12 For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart. 13 Nothing in all creation is hidden from God’s sight. Everything is uncovered and laid bare before the eyes of him to whom we must give account. (Hebrews 4:12-13)

Lord, would you destroy this evil act of killing precious life given by you, who created all things and prohibiting even praying and anti-abortion activities by human law.

Let those who do not know God and are disobedient to the word, facing God head-on, be pierced by a sword sharper than any double-edged sword, in their soul, spirit, joints, and bone marrow, so that the words can be proclaimed.

Let the gospel spread more strongly to Scotland and other countries around the world, as the day of the Lord's coming is near, and let the word of truth reveal sin and cause a history of repentance.

Let countless souls be stabbed and split with words, and bow before Yeshua, the only Lord of Redemption, and let a revival take place that proves Yeshua, to the end of the earth.


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