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…
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.
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.
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 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…
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.
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.
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…
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…
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…
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…