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2023 in campaigns

January 27, 2023

2023 looks set be a pivotal year for humanism in Scotland. We look forward to the passing of a law to protect women from harassment outside abortion clinics and we hope that new rules will follow to ensure dignity in…

2023 in campaigns
Anti abortion protesters standing outside a hospital

Herald exposé of anti-abortion campaign in Scottish schools

December 19, 2022

An expose by The Herald newspaper uncovered how extensive access is given to anti-abortion group SPUC in Scottish schools.

Herald exposé of anti-abortion campaign in Scottish schools
Anti abortion protesters standing outside a hospital

Abortion Clinic Buffer Zones

Bodily autonomy is a key tenet of humanism and we support a woman’s right to choose an abortion, and to access abortion services without facing intimidation or harassment.

Abortion Clinic Buffer Zones
Abortion Devolution

Humanists attend First Minister’s summit on abortion care

June 27, 2022

Scottish Humanists have reacted to today’s abortion care summit hosted by the First Minister. Humanist Society Scotland chair, Professor Maggie Kinloch attended the summit alongside other campaigners who have called for urgent action to improve abortion care and protection for…

Humanists attend First Minister’s summit on abortion care

Humanists support permanent telemedical abortion services

June 15, 2021

This week we joined Engender, the British Pregnancy Advisory Service (BPAS) and 25 women’s organisations, human rights bodies, and healthcare providers, in writing to the Scottish Government to ask them to make telemedical abortion services permanent in Scotland. In March…

Humanists support permanent telemedical abortion services
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Choosing to challenge with Lucy Grieve: IWD 2021

March 8, 2021

To mark International Women’s Day today we spoke to student Lucy Grieve who co-founded and manages policy for the Back Off Scotland campaign – a national campaign started by a group of young women at Edinburgh University that is calling for a buffer zone outside clinics that offer abortions to protect women from harassment and intimidation from pro-life protesters. 

Choosing to challenge with Lucy Grieve: IWD 2021

82% of Scots demand end to abortion clinic protests

January 25, 2021

A poll commissioned by Humanist Society Scotland shows that 82% of Scots demand an end to protests outside abortion clinics.

82% of Scots demand end to abortion clinic protests

Humanists join campaign to end abortion clinic harassment

November 25, 2020

Humanist Society Scotland have joined forces with the campaign group Back Off Scotland and the British Pregnancy Advice Service to campaign to end the harassment of women accessing abortion and pregnancy services by religious campaigners. The volunteer led campaign has…

Humanists join campaign to end abortion clinic harassment

Following the million dollar dark money trail from ‘Bible Belt’ USA to Scotland & Europe

April 2, 2019

Last week investigative journalists at the OpenDemocracy website revealed how tens of millions of dollars from religious ultra conservative groups based in the USA is flooding into Europe. This cash, estimated to be around $50 million over the past ten…

Following the million dollar dark money trail from ‘Bible Belt’ USA to Scotland & Europe
Abortion Devolution

Humanists defend abortion rights

October 23, 2017

Humanist Society Scotland has responded to a statement by The Bishops’ Conference of Scotland lamenting 50 years of the Abortion Act. Spokesperson for Humanist Society Scotland, Ronit Quayle, said: “The majority of Scots recognise the importance of a woman’s right…

Humanists defend abortion rights

Scottish Government should stand firm on free abortion row

June 21, 2017

By Fraser Sutherland, HSS Campaigns and Communications Manager Earlier this week Nicola Sturgeon, Scotland’s First Minister, was reportedly in discussion with the country’s Chief Medical Officer, Catherine Calderwood, about allowing Northern Irish women the right to access to free abortion…

Scottish Government should stand firm on free abortion row