Your report on our schools talk has an air of shock at the mention of any potential risks of abortion, whether physical or psychological (Revealed: what children are being told about abortion, 24 March). Where such risks either do or may exist, it is not surprising that many will deny them and/or seek to silence those who raise them. In this highly politicised area, readers would be well advised to study the evidence from both sides carefully before coming to their own conclusions. In the case of breast cancer, it is at least established that carrying a first (early) pregnancy to term protects against breast cancer, and that was the clear context of the passage quoted from the website paper we sent you (www.spuc.org.uk/documents/papers/pike20120525).Comments on this blog? Email them to firstname.lastname@example.org
There is also some apparent shock or disapproval at our speaker's reported claim that abortion after rape might be a source of trauma, or that a child of rape might be seen as something positive coming out of the experience. Many raped women do, however, feel this way, and a recent Irish survey found that over 57% went on to parent their babies after birth. Yes, our abortion laws do make unborn children non-persons, and yes, they do allow abortion up to birth for disability. Yes, that is hard to square with respect for disabled people. Yes, women do deserve better than abortion.
Supporters of abortion may not like to hear such things, but do they have a right to stop schoolchildren hearing them?
Anthony McCarthy Education and publications manager, Society for the Protection of Unborn Children
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