Woman shares her abortion story on the BBC in front of an abortion doctor

On Tuesday 2nd July, in a panel discussion on the BBC’s Victoria Derbyshire programme which included an abortion doctor, a woman who regrets her abortion revealed that she “wasn’t well informed” about what her abortion would involve.

Laura Mann had an abortion at 21 weeks when she was 19, during the course of the discussion said “ in hindsight I know that I wasn’t well informed… when I came out of Marie Stopes… the first thing that went through my mind was ‘Where’s my baby, what’s happened to the body of my baby?’ And I kept asking myself that question.”

She felt under “so much pressure” to have an abortion with “[a]ll the voices around [her] at the time time… telling [her she] couldn’t do it.”

Laura said: “[W]hen I went into to discuss that I am pregnant the first option I was given, was abortion. We stepped out of the room, we spoke for 5 minutes went back in, and I was so afraid, so confused. I had no clue what to do.”

After the abortion she was escorted to the recovery room by a nurse. She was “sobbing” because she was in so much pain and the nurse said to her, “You silly girl, don’t you know what you’ve done?”.

Laura said how that put a shockwave through her system and made her so depressed.

“[W]hen I left that clinic, that was the beginning of my nightmare.” she added

Laura went on to say that since then, she has come to terms with her abortion, and it was the recognition of what abortion really is, that helped her in her healing process.

Dr Calum Miller, also on the program, said that: “Often the medical profession hides behind euphemistic terminology… people know its a baby, whereas often it’s described as ‘products of conception’, or ‘a pregnancy’ or ‘pregnancy tissue’.

Dr Miller’s claims are evidenced by the fact that Marie Stopes International, the abortion provider who failed to fully inform Laura of the reality of abortion, in fact uses these terms on their own website and in their own literature.

Clare McCarthy from Right To Life UK said:

“Sadly, what happened to Laura, the pressure she was under and the offer of an abortion as the default option, is all too familiar. She is right to ask why is it that what actually happens in an abortion is kept such a secret. She is right to feel let down by Marie Stopes who did not fully inform her about what would happen to her baby.”

“The truth is that abortion providers do hide behind euphemistic language to conceal the reality of what they’re doing. The abortion doctor even confirmed this on the show saying that when informing patients before an abortion, they “don’t want to frighten patients”, making it quite clear that if they did explain the truth, it would horrify these women.” 

“Women like Laura deserve the truth about abortion and more women like her need the opportunity to speak out and share their story of the hurt caused by abortion.”

Scottish mother pressured to have an abortion by doctors gives birth to healthy boy

A Scottish mother who was persistently pressured by doctors to have an abortion has given birth to her healthy son.

The mother, Lauren Webster, from North Lanarkshire, was told at a 13-week ultrasound scan that her unborn son had a ‘bladder obstruction’ and it was thought he could have Edwards syndrome – a serious genetic condition which means the child is unlikely to survive for very long outside of the womb. (Although in rare cases, people with Edwards syndrome have been known to survive to adulthood.)

The doctors monitored the development of Lauren’s baby closely and “[e]very week” the doctors asked “[her] if [she] wanted to terminate.”

Lauren told the doctors to stop asking her if she wanted an abortion, insisting that she wanted to keep her baby. The doctors however continued to ask especially after they became concerned about the possibility of the child developing Edwards syndrome.

Despite the unrelenting pressure from her doctors, the mother Lauren refused to give in, saying she had “a gut feeling” her baby would survive.

Doctors were “gobsmacked” when baby Ollie was born via caesarean section with no major health problems at all.

His bladder obstruction had resolved itself, and Edwards’ syndrome was ruled out at a scan.

Lauren said she wouldn’t want others in a similiar situation to be pressured into abortion.

“Everything they told me turned out not to have happened.”

This is not the first instance of mothers being pressured to have abortions when there is concern that the baby could be born with a disability. Last month, Natalie Halson was asked if she wanted an abortion ten times after her daughter was diagnosed with spina bifida in the womb. Nathalie resisted and her daughter had corrective spinal surgery after birth and is now flourishing.

Clare McCarthy of Right To Life UK said: “This case shows the immense pressure that mums are put under to abort their babies if they are diagnosed with a disability in the womb. It is now ‘routine procedure’ to be offered an abortion, but more so, it is expected that you would want an abortion.”

“Rather than being offered real treatment for her baby, this mother was asked time and time again if she would like to abort her child. It is a sad indictment of our healthcare system that rather than caring for both lives in a pregnancy and supporting a mother who wants to keep her baby, it is labelled as ‘routine procedure’ to pressure her to have an abortion. Secondly, the underlying attitude towards people with disabilities that this practice displays, is deeply discriminatory and unfair to both mother and unborn baby. ”

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