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Undercover at a pro-abortion meeting: Part I

Posted by Dan Blackman on 6 February 2012

On 22 September 2011 myself and Paul Smeaton attended the 'Voice for Choice' meeting hosted by Voice for Choice, a coalition of abortion advocates and providers.

This event was described as a 'public meeting' and so I had expected a reasonably large crowd. In total there were no more than about forty five people, including the speakers. Most attendees were older women, and clearly people already working in the abortion industry in one way or another.

This 'public' meeting had more of the feel of a closed, private meeting and in reality this was little more than the abortion lobby speaking about and to itself.

It was advertised through pro-abortion channels, and when I arrived there wasn't a single poster or notice directing people to the right venue. For a coalition that seems intent on the 'de-medicalisation' of the killing of unborn children, it came across as rather contradictory to host a meeting at The Medical Society of London.

Voice for Choice includes:

  • Abortion Rights
  • Alliance for Choice NI
  • Antenatal Results and Choices (ARC)
  • BPAS (British Pregnancy Advisory Service)
  • Brook Doctors for a Woman’s Choice on Abortion
  • Education for Choice (recently saved from extinction)
  • FPA
  • Marie Stopes International
  • Pro-Choice Forum
  • Reproductive Health Matters

These are most of the leading anti-life groups in the UK.

The abortion lobby have good reason for wanting to keep these sorts of meetings as small, internal affairs. It is in these sorts of environments in which their true face and their radical anti-life agenda is revealed.

The aims of Voice for Choice include:

  • Abortion to be available solely at the request of the pregnant woman within existing legal time limits
  • Abortion services are subject to the same statutory regulations as other medical services
  • Suitably trained nurse practitioners to be allowed to provide early medical and surgical abortions, in both the NHS and non-NHS sector
  • The law in Northern Ireland be brought into line with the rest of the UK
  • Current legal abortion rights are to be defended

Ann Furedi, CEO of BPAS opened the meeting with a few words about Voice for Choice, and introduced the speakers. Furedi spoke about Dr Carlos Morin whom she claims is facing 309 years in jail. Dr Morin has been under police investigation since 2007 over his abortion practices. BPAS were sending women seeking abortions in the UK over to Dr Morin in Spain. BPAS was subsequently investigated by the Department of Health for such practices, including serious concerns over their call centre.

Guardian journalist Libby Brooks chaired the meeting, with Dr Patricia Lohr speaking first.

Dr Lohr is an American and current medical director of BPAS. Lohr spoke about her personal experience of being a medical student and how during that time she became convinced that abortion is “self-evidently moral”. Lohr explained that she came to the conclusion that she could only be truly pro-choice by committing to performing abortions.

It was chilling to hear her speak, and to sit in the same room as her. What does one say or do when faced with an abortionist proclaiming their pride at aborting babies? Lohr explained that she was not only convinced of the moral goodness of abortion, but that she found performing abortions "extremely gratifying."

But what kind of person thinks that performing abortions is gratifying; that one is fortunate to provide them and that abortion is a good thing? Here, as a brief reminder, is a description of a suction abortion, the most common type of abortion procedure in Britain, representing 52% of the 189,574 abortions which took place in 2010 under the Abortion Act in England and Wales:

The cervix (the neck of the womb) must be stretched open to allow the surgeon to insert a plastic tube into the womb. Sharp-edged openings near the tip of the tube help to dismember the baby so the parts are small enough to be sucked out. The surgeon then uses the suction tube to evacuate the placenta from the womb. The remains of the baby are deposited in a jar for disposal.

To be continued...

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