Students from across Archdiocese (main pic) recently attended 'Call to Courage', SPUC's annual Youth Conference in Stone, Staffordshire.

Several of them were sponsored by the Archdiocesan Pro-Life Office to attend the event.

Tobias Bailey, below, a member of the Catholic Society at the University of Stirling spoke at the conference.

In 2023 his Society was banned by the university's student union for posting their support for a peaceful prayer initiative organised by 40 Days for Life.

Tobias was part of a campaign to stop the censorship and was supported by the Archdiocesan Pro-Life Office and SPUC Scotland.

It's a fantastic event ... you learn how to put into practice the Church's teaching that all life begins at conception and that we are loved and valued by God from that first moment."

The student union realised their ban was unjustified and reversed their decision.

"This year's event was a sell out with over 200 young people attending from all over the UK," said Margaret Akers, below, a parishioner at St Patrick's, Edinburgh, and SPUC Scotland's Services Co-ordinator.

"It was great to see record numbers of young people engaged and collaborating together.

"As a graduate of the University of Edinburgh I know how important the event is to nurture young pro-life leaders for the future."

Margaret spoke to the Conference about the dangers of 'pills by post' or DIY abortion at home.

She warned that this dangerous method is now being used to remove any legal basis for abortion.

"People are actually proposing DIY abortion up to birth" she said:  "This could be the biggest change to abortion since it was legalised in 1967."

Also attending were members of Edinburgh University's Life Society (main image).

President Sophia Tait, from West Lothian (main pic centre), said: “This is my third time attending the SPUC youth conference.

"I always leave this event feeling both challenged and inspired to defend the Church’s teaching that life begins at conception, and to help build a culture of life in our world that reflects the inherent value of every human person.”