A recent event in the Houses of Parliament was called Abortion Access in 2016: preventing harassment and putting pressure where power lies. It was organised by pro-abortion advocates who believe in and promote abortion.
Many abortion proponents mistakenly believe that women are harassed by pro-life advocates who organise a peaceful presence close to abortion centres offering help and support. In over 6 years I have never witnessed or hear about a story of a woman who was harassed in such a way.
The ultimate irony is that women are harassed in many ways through abortion provision in the United Kingdom. But none of the ways in which they are harassed was mentioned at the meeting above.
It has been known for ambulances will arrive at an abortion centre to pick up a dead or wounded woman who has had a complication with her abortion. In 2013, 4 Ambulances arrived in Marie Stopes Ealing in a 6 week time period. Was the woman who bled to death after her bungled abortion experience harassed?
I have personally witnessed women who have received botched abortions, or who could hardly walk following an abortion procedure, and the abortion provider has left them to walk out onto the street unaided and sick. Many of these women will not have received informed consent telling them about the risks in the first place, but will have been led down a path leading them to damage their own health by not being fully informed of the risks. Should it be considered harassment to not tell somebody of the dangers of an operation, and then to leave the person to their own devices to fend for themselves after a major operation? Some would consider that only only harassment, but deceit and abuse.
I have also seen women be forced into abortions by boyfriends (on one occasion literally forcing them into the clinic) or more subtly by the overbearing mother who ensures her daughter receives the abortion no matter what against the child’s will. This is something that happens daily in Britain, in my opinion. The irony is that many women feel like they have no choice. A recent article in the Independent highlighted how prostitutes can be forced into abortion. The article describes how someone had an abortion arranged by her criminal gang. Should forced abortions be considered harassment?
The only other women I have witnessed who have been harassed are pro-life women themselves, who have been subject to abuse which you can read about here.
Marie Stopes have in the past accused their staff of sexually assaulting their own patients, and some of their staff according to the Daily Mail promised to revolutionise the sex life of their patients after botched surgery.
Of course, half the unborn children who lose their lives are also female. There is no doubt that these unborn children are harassed after receiving a violent death and thrown into a bin of medical waste to be denied a proper burial. These precious infants are not only harassed but torn to pieces and thrown in the bin.
A closer look at the details of abortion provision in the United Kingdom, it is quite clear that many women are harassed either through forced and botched abortions, or by the abortion providers themselves.