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CARE challenges narrative that abortion is the only way

5th Nov 2018 - Rachael Adams

Nola Leach, CARE CEO defends crisis pregnancy centres in the Telegraph.

An investigation by the Sunday Telegraph found that Google Maps were leading women to crisis pregnancy centres that offered other options apart from abortion.

Nola Leach, chief executive of Christian Action Research and Education, said the centres do "invaluable work" and "help to counter the narrative that when faced with a crisis pregnancy abortion is the only option".

"Clearly, crisis pregnancy centres have a duty not to exert unfair pressure on women and advice given should always be accurate and sensitive," she added.

“The centres list all the options available to women so that the women themselves can make up their own minds about what to do next. They also have great links to other support services if the woman decides she would like to keep the baby or place it for adoption."  

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Here was our response in full:

“Crisis pregnancy centres around the country do invaluable work, providing sensitive and pastoral help and advice to women facing a crisis pregnancy.

“Centres like these help to counter the narrative that when faced with a crisis pregnancy abortion is the only option.

“Concerns about their objectivity are somewhat misplaced and often fail to take into account that organisations such as BPAS and Marie Stopes can hardly be said to be unbiased as they actively lobby the government for more liberal abortion laws, from which they will benefit financially.

“Recent ComRes polling shows that when pregnant, 93% of women want independent advice that does not have a financial vested interest in them having an abortion.

“Abortion providers have routinely failed women, just look at the Care Quality Commission’s damning investigation into Marie Stopes where doctors were found to have bulk signed forms and had not taken the time to ensure the welfare of their patients.

“Clearly, crisis pregnancy centres have a duty not to exert unfair pressure on women and advice given should always be accurate and sensitive.

“Research has suggested that women want to be properly informed about all of their options. Crisis pregnancy centres can play a vital role in supporting and helping women, making sure that they are not left in the dark about alternatives to abortion.

“The centres list all the options available to women so that the women themselves can make up their own minds about what to do next. They also have great links to other support services if the woman decides she would like to keep the baby or place it for adoption.”

CARE believes it is time to end the approach that sees abortion as the only answer. Read more about our work on abortion here.

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