By Citra Sidhu PRO-LIFE groups have condemned a new "educational" leaflet launched by the Family Planning Association that presents abortion as a "socially responsible" option to end unwanted pregnancies.
Abortion — Just So You Know, is aimed at children aged 14 to 18, and claims to "provide young people with accurate and impartial information" on abortion.
Pro-life groups, however, say that the booklet contains "serious errors". Paul Tully, general secretary of the Society of the Protection of Unborn Children, said: "We regard this booklet as an abuse of children. A young woman who reads [it] will be thoroughly misinformed about what an abortion will do to her and her baby."
The booklet says that abortion involves "removing a fertilised egg or embryo from the womb". In fact, at 12 weeks gestation, when many abortions are performed, abortion means surgically dismembering the child.
References to the psychological or medical dangers of abortion are omitted or downplayed. The leaflet actively discourages adoption, calling it "uncommon", while the unborn child is referred to as the "contents of the womb".
A spokesman for Life said: "Once again the young people of this country have been lied to. The FPA leaflet is evidence that we have short-changed the young people of this country."