Ethics Newspaper Letters The Church in Scotland

Abortion, the Church of Scotland and the Media

It is a sad and depressing day when someone who claims to be a minister of the Good News of Jesus Christ, writes to the secular press and attacks the teaching of Jesus Christ. It is little wonder that the Church in Scotland is dying if these are its spokespeople. Ichabod.
This is the second of two letters written in defence of abortion (contrary to his own churches teaching) which the Rev Dr John Cameron has in the Courier.  My response follows:
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This is the unpublished letter that I wrote in response to Rev Dr Camerons first epistle to the Courier defending abortion.
Dear Editor,
Rev Dr John Cameron has now added to his many worries the notion that the Muslims, the Catholic Church and the Free Church are about to combine to oppose abortion(letters 14th August).  Apparently he thinks that the reason mothers in the US are more likely to die in childbirth than those in Scandinavia is because of abortion.  And yet the abortion laws in the US are more ‘liberal’ than in Scandinavia?   And how does he explain the fact that women in the UK are twice as likely to die in childbirth than those in Poland – where abortion is much more limited?  The ‘logic’ of his position is not immediately apparent!   What is even more puzzling is that he is a minister of the Church of Scotland whose official position is also against abortion.  The General Assembly declared that  “The foetus is, from the beginning, an independent human being” and therefore it can be threatened “only in the case of threat to maternal life, and that after the exhaustion of all alternatives”.   Maybe before sharing his prejudices and alternative ‘facts’ in the secular media Rev Cameron should check them?  And perhaps he might like to think that as a follower of Jesus Christ he might want to protect the weakest and most vulnerable of human beings – the child in the womb.  Or does he think that Jesus was wrong about that too?


  1. Well done, David, for replying to Rev John Cameron. This particular minister seems to have a desire to push his anti-life agenda all over the place. Although he lives in St Andrew’s he had a letter on the same subject published in my local paper, the Milngavie and Bearsden Herald. That letter, too, was based on a false premise. Basing arguments on facts does not seem to be among his aims.

  2. I don`t think that John Calvin would call the pro-abortion minister a Christian, because he was strongly anti-abortion: “For the fetus, though enclosed in the womb of its mother, is already a human being, and it is a monstrous crime to rob it of the life which it has not yet begun to enjoy. If it seems more horrible to kill a man in his own house than in a field, because a man’s house is his place of most secure refuge, it ought surely to be deemed more atrocious to destroy a fetus in the womb before it has come to light.”

  3. “Doing the right thing is not usually difficult, but it is often tiring,” according to a quotation I read recently. Thank you for not tiring.

  4. “And he saith unto them, the poor are still here, but never mind, we can always kill off the least of these”

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