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Abortion recovery group welcomes high court ruling against bedroom abortion

15 February 2011

Abortion recovery group welcomes high court ruling against bedroom abortion Glasgow, 15 February 2011: A group helping women recover from the trauma of abortion has welcomed yesterday's high court ruling against bedroom abortions.

Margaret Cuthill, national co-ordinator of Abortion Recovery Care and Helpline (ARCH), said: "As a support group working in the area of abortion recovery and post-abortion trauma education for 20 years, we are encouraged by the high court judgment not to alter the provision of the Abortion Act 1967 to allow early medical abortion to occur in women’s homes.

"Abortion is not good medicine for women, and does damage the emotional and psychological lives of those in crisis that make this decision. Every woman is impacted by the pregnancy loss, but this procedure adds another mentally-traumatic dimension to the abortion process."

"Women in crisis pregnancy are vulnerable and will react from fear and panic, wanting to be un-pregnant. To be offered a bedroom abortion is an emotional get-out clause many in ignorance will choose. It is really an abuse too far and will add to the trauma of guilt and grief they may experience at some future stage in life."

"The British Pregnancy Advisory Service (BPAS) say it is concerned for the woman whose symptoms may begin on the journey back from the clinic. There is no substance to this concern or reliable studies to back up this statement. I am appalled that BPAS is not concerned for the woman who is in her home, in pain, bleeding and struggling with the choice she has made. Where is the concern then for not only women’s physical safety but their psychological health and well-being?", concluded Mrs Cuthill.

Margaret Cuthill, ARCH's national co-ordinator can be contacted on (0141) 226 5407 and ARCH's helpline number is 0845 6038501

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