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Won't you just upset women who have had abortions?

Again we don’t aim to upset women who have been through this traumatic experience. We believe they are worthy of our care and our deepest sympathy.

Here are a few points to think about:

Despite our deepest concern for these women’s feelings our priority is to save babies that can be rescued. A woman’s feelings are important, but she will have a chance to work through this pain. The need to save a baby who is booked in to be ripped apart in their mother’s body is more pressing and urgent. Again lives trump feelings.

In the UK 33% of women who had an abortion last year previously had one or more abortion/s, sometimes numbering 7 or 8. For this reason women who have had an abortion need to see what it is they have done before they repeat the mistake.

Anyone will tell you that in order to come to terms with something and start on the road to healing you must first overcome denial. There is huge denial surrounding abortion. In some instances women even deny they have had an abortion. There is also denial that the baby that they got rid of really was a baby. Until those affected by abortion come to terms with what they have done they will not be healed.

Occasionally women who have had abortions have thanked us for showing these graphic images. They have told us that they are suffering deeply after their experience. When they have approached those who provide abortions they are told they have nothing to feel guilty about. This is of no comfort for these grieving women. We identify with them and take seriously their pain by recognising that they have lost a child.

ICBR condemns ALL abortion related violence and refuses to work with or be associated with anyone who fails to condemn such violence.

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