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Abort the Pro-Life Disinformation Campaign in the United Kingdom of Pro-Fact


Author(s): Scott Douglas Jacobsen

Publication (Outlet/Website): Medium (Personal)

Publication Date (yyyy/mm/dd): 2019/02/05

Humanists UK reported on the deliberate misinformation or disinformation campaign set about in the United Kingdom. The Faculty of Sexual and Reproductive Healthcare (FSRH) and the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG) worked to produce, publish, and then distribute a factsheet about abortion care and abortion in order to combat this disinformation being spread through some schools in the United Kingdom.

Kids without proper information, as statistics and human rights organziations tell us, will make worse and ill-informed decisions as sexual beings as adults and will then bear those consequences, in some cases, for the rest of their lives, simply because of the negligence of the medically and scientifically informed and responsible adult establishment or with the work to keep kids misinformed based on sincerely held religious beliefs bounded by incorrect medical and scientific assumptions about what happens in the cases of abortions, in abortion care, and, frankly, in the process of giving reproductive health services — that are a fundamental human right. Safe and equitable access to abortion is first and foremost a human right. Those women who live in societies or communities in which abortion is formally or partially illegal will be left in more dire straits and will, in fact, be more likely to die or acquire injuries because of the unsafe abortions.

These conversations do not happen in a vacuum and happen within the contexts of the lives of women and young women, and so fellow citizens. Humanists UK, as reported, is “delighted” with the work.

The article stated, “In 2012, Humanists UK and Education for Choice (EfC), which has since become a part of Brook, uncovered the anti-abortion groups SPUCLovewise, and LIFE propagating misinformation about abortion in schools. Humanists UK and EfC demanded action about it at the time, but since then the groups have continued to visit schools unimpeded. For instance, press coverage today highlights that speakers from Lovewise are visiting schools across England telling young people that the risks of abortion include breast cancer, infertility, depression, and suicide, and have even compared doctors who carry out the procedure to Nazis.”

SPUC, Lovewise, and LIFE appear to have lost the scientific, medical, and rights arguments. Thus, they move into the territory of calling their ideological opponents, or those who may be the practitioners, Nazis, which simply shows the extent of the failures on the other fronts than providing a foundation upon to call abortion providers Nazis.

With the explicit aim to provide truths in order to dispel the myths and falsehoods being spread about abortion, the factsheets will be an important addition to the arsenal in the United Kingdom. But also, there is a backdrop in the draft UK Government guidance. As reported, “…from 2020, lessons on the subject of abortion taking place as part of new statutory Relationships and Sex Education in English schools ought only to include ‘medically and legally accurate, impartial information.’”

“We’re very pleased that the RCOG and FRSH have responded to our call for guidance from them on abortion in schools, and strongly urge all schools to adopt an evidence-based approach to teaching about abortion that is free from religious dogma,” Humanists UK Education Campaigns Manager, Ruth Wareham, opined, “We are alarmed that, despite the passing of nearly seven years since Humanists UK first raised concerns about anti-choice groups like Lovewise spreading misinformation, young people are still being subjected to deeply problematic messages about abortion in schools.”


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