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Our priorities for Humza Yousaf

April 25, 2023

The current parliamentary term could be a pivotal time 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…

Our priorities for Humza Yousaf
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Humanist Society responds to election of Humza Yousaf

March 27, 2023

Humanist Society Scotland notes the election of Humza Yousaf as new leader of the Scottish National Party and candidate for first minister of Scotland. We wish Mr Yousaf all the best in his new role and look forward to working…

Humanist Society responds to election of Humza Yousaf
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Humza Yousaf responds to our open letter to SNP leadership candidates

March 8, 2023

Ten days ago, on 27 February 2023, we wrote an open letter to the three candidates for leadership of the SNP, Kate Forbes, Ash Regan, and Humza Yousaf, asking for assurances on some our key commitments this year. Humza Yousaf…

Humza Yousaf responds to our open letter to SNP leadership candidates
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Humanist Society Scotland interview series: Lucy Grieve, co-founder of Back Off Scotland, on fighting for safe access to abortion services

March 2, 2023

We spoke to Lucy Grieve, co-founder of women’s health rights movement Back Off Scotland, about campaigning for safe access to abortion services across Scotland. Health facilities offering abortion healthcare are routinely picketed by religious protestors who harass women on their…

Humanist Society Scotland interview series: Lucy Grieve, co-founder of Back Off Scotland, on fighting for safe access to abortion services
Parliamentary portraits of Kate Forbes, Humza Yousaf, and Ash Regan arranged from left to right.

We write to SNP leadership candidates to gauge support on key humanist causes

February 27, 2023

The following open letter was sent to all candidates for leadership of the Scottish National Party on 27 February 2023. We asked for assurances related to some of our key commitments this year: smooth implementation of assisted dying legislation; bringing…

We write to SNP leadership candidates to gauge support on key humanist causes
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Humanist Society comments on Kate Forbes’s links to evangelical charities in Third Force News

February 22, 2023

We offered our thoughts on Kate Forbes’s connections to a number of evangelical Christian organisations for an article by Niall Christie in Third Force News. Here’s our statement for Third Force News in full: “Humanist Society Scotland is aware of…

Humanist Society comments on Kate Forbes’s links to evangelical charities in Third Force News
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Our CEO talks Kate Forbes, faith, and policy-making on BBC Radio Scotland

Humanist Society Scotland CEO Fraser Sutherland appeared on BBC Radio Scotland on 21 February to talk about faith and policy-making in a secular country. There has been much discussion in recent days of FM candidate Kate Forbes’s links to a…

Our CEO talks Kate Forbes, faith, and policy-making on BBC Radio Scotland
A group of campaigners hold a banner in a street in Glasgow that reads "Every Mother A Willing Mother, Every Child A Wanted Child" with the Humanist Society Scotland logo on it. There are five women, one speaking into a megaphone.

Humanist Society supports abortion education petition

February 6, 2023

Humanist Society Scotland has written in support of teacher Gemma Clark’s petition to ensure that children at schools in Scotland have access to medically sound, non-biased abortion education. Ms Clark wrote to the Scottish Parliament’s Citizen Participation and Public Petitions…

Humanist Society supports abortion education petition
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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
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Reproductive Rights

Bodily autonomy is a key tenet of humanism, as defined in the Amsterdam Declaration. We support an individual’s right to choose an abortion without fear of legal repercussions, and to access abortion services without facing intimidation or harassment.

Reproductive Rights
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