MAY I take strong issue with you on your editorial (May 12) concerning the anti-abortion Rescue movement which nonviolently blockades abortion clinics. You state that women entering abortion clinics are the "pro-lifers failures".
Such judgemental language is most inappropriate and theologically unsound. No situation is beyond
reconciliation. There are well recorded instances of women
changing their minds because of the international Rescue movement.
Of course it is a very distressing time for any women who is contemplating an abortion and evidence is now coming to light that this distress continues as post abortion sequelae. I believe that non-violent nonjudgemental action rooted in the
gospel of compassion can face
this distress and offer hope of reconciliation between mother and child even at the last minute.
As a Catholic doctor who has seen at close quarters the brutalising effect of the 1967 Abortion Act on the medical profession, and as a peace activist who has been imprisoned following non-violent actions at an establishment planning nuclear holocaust. I can only offer my support for those who oppose the abortion holocaust by similar non-violent action. London SW4 Raymond Towey