fbpx
Select Page

Sinéad O’Connor refused to abort her first son after record label and doctor pressured her to

Irish singer-songwriter Sinéad O’Connor has claimed that she was encouraged to have an abortion by a doctor and a record executive.

When O’Connor found she was pregnant, she visited a doctor on the advice of Nigel Grainge, an executive at her then-label Ensign Records.

O’Connor claims that her doctor told her that Grainge had contacted him prior to her visit and asked that he “impress upon” O’Connor a warning about continuing her pregnancy and not having an abortion.

She recalls the doctor saying: “Your record company has spent £100,000 recording your album. You owe it to them not to have this baby”.

“Furthermore, he informed me that if I flew while pregnant, my baby would be damaged. And anyway, if I was going to be a musician I ought not to have babies because a woman shouldn’t leave her baby to go on tour and at the same time a child can’t be taken on tour”.

O’Connor did not submit to the pressure and later gave birth to her first child.

‘DIY’ abortions

Since March 2020, ‘DIY’ home abortions have been permitted in Britain despite the fact that they make it easier to facilitate coerced abortions. No in-person consultation is required and abortion pills can be sent through the post. The ultimate recipient of these pills remains unknown and it becomes almost impossible to know whether or not a woman is having an abortion of her own free will.

Several UK politicians have publicly spoken about the dangers of ‘DIY’ abortions. There have been consultations in the UK about whether to make ‘DIY’ abortions a permanent feature of the law.

Right To Life UK spokesperson, Catherine Robinson, said: “Sinéad O’Connor should be commended for her brave decision to ignore this blatant coercion by others in the music industry. At the time, O’Connor was a high-profile artist and it makes one wonder how many other women, whether in the music industry or in another career, have been put under pressure to have an abortion”.

“What happened to O’Connor indicates that abortion is often not the choice that the mother actually wants. Indeed, polling shows a shocking 7% of British women have been pressured into an abortion by their husband or partner. O’Connor’s story and many others contradict the idea that abortion is always the ‘choice’ it is claimed to be”.

“The phenomenon of doctors pressuring women to have abortions because their child is found to have a genetic condition like Down’s syndrome is well known. But the data on the number of women who have abortions because they fear for their career is not available”.

Help stop abortion up to birth for babies with disabilities including Down's syndrome & club foot

Article syndication

Join other leading publications from around the world who syndicate our articles

Syndicate this article
Syndicate now

Dear reader,

Thanks to the support of people like you, on Monday 5 July, a major attempt to hijack the UK Government’s flagship Police , Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill with two extreme abortion proposals failed, in a major pro-life victory.

Unfortunately, this major defeat is not the end for our opposition.

The abortion lobby has already been successful at using the Coronavirus crisis to temporarily introduce ‘DIY’ home abortions.

The policy has not only accompanied a large increase in the number of lives ended by abortion but has also been linked to a number of serious incidents where women’s lives have been put at risk while performing their abortion at home.

Our opposition is now eager to see more widespread changes to legislation enacted and we are currently facing major threats on three fronts:

  1. The abortion lobby is further exploiting the COVID-19 crisis to attempt to make dangerous ‘DIY’ home abortions available permanently.
  2. The Northern Ireland Secretary has given himself new powers to force expanded abortion services on Northern Ireland.
  3. The assisted suicide lobby has brought foward a bill to legalise assisted suicide, which was introduced to the House of Lords on 26 May.

If these major threats from our opposition are successful, it would be a disaster. Thousands of lives would be lost. We can’t sit on the sidelines and watch these extreme anti-life changes become a reality.

As you can see, while we have won our most recent battle, we continue to be facing a very large challenge on life issues in the UK over the next couple of months – and we will be facing this across multiple fronts.

We are, therefore, appealing to you to please give as generously as you can. Every donation, no matter how small, will go towards saving the lives of the unborn and many others.

By stopping these threats, YOU can save lives over this coming period.

Will you make a special gift right now to help protect vulnerable lives from these threats?

Q

Be the first to know…

When you sign up for email updates from us, you will be receiving:

Action alerts on the latest pro-life developments along with tools to help you change hearts and minds

Opportunities to help protect and defend more lives

Where should we send your updates?

    By clicking submit, you agree that we may process your information in accordance with these terms below.

    Right To Life UK will use the information you provide on this form to keep in touch with you and to provide updates. You can change your mind at any time by clicking the unsubscribe link in the footer of any email you receive from us, or by contacting us at info@righttolife.org.uk. We will treat your information with respect. For more information about our privacy practices please see our Privacy Policy.

    Q

    Be the first to know…

    When you sign up for email updates from us, you will be receiving:

    Action alerts on the latest pro-life developments along with tools to help you change hearts and minds

    Opportunities to help protect and defend more lives

    Where should we send your updates?

      By clicking submit, you agree that we may process your information in accordance with these terms below.

      Right To Life UK will use the information you provide on this form to keep in touch with you and to provide updates. You can change your mind at any time by clicking the unsubscribe link in the footer of any email you receive from us, or by contacting us at info@righttolife.org.uk. We will treat your information with respect. For more information about our privacy practices please see our Privacy Policy.

      Article Syndication

      Join other leading publications from around the world who syndicate our articles

      Help stop abortion up to birth for babies with disabilities including Down's syndrome & club foot

      Syndicate this article
      Syndicate now