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Thursday 27th April marks the 38th anniversary of the date the Abortion Act  
came into effect. A press conference will be held on Thursday 27th at the  
offices of SPUC Scotland, 142 Queen Street Glasgow G1 3BU at 11.00 to mark this date.  

Women who regret their abortions will be gathering in Royal Exchange Square,  
Glasgow, on Saturday (29thApril) at 4.00 pm to launch their own campaign  
entitled Silent No More. These women will speak publicly of their personal  
abortion experiences in the hope that other women who can relate to their  
pain will know that they are not alone and that there is help available for  
them.  

Two of the women giving their public testimonies will be available for  
interview at Thursday's press conference.  

Mrs Georgette Forney, a co-founder of the Silent No More Awareness  
Campaign in America, will speak about the aftermath of the abortion  
she had at the age of 16, and about how she experienced healing and  
peace. Georgette says: "It is our hope that, regardless of how you  
feel about abortion, you will listen to what we have to say and  
consider whether women deserve better than abortion. I have travelled  
from America to stand alongside women from all over the UK because we  
want other women who can relate to our pain to hear about the hope and help  
we have found."  

Mrs Forney is visiting Scotland at the invitation of SPUC Scotland and she  
will speak at Dundee, Edinburgh and Glasgow Universities on 25th, 26th and  
27th April respectively. She will also speak at the Society's Spring  
Conference in Glasgow, which takes place at Glasgow Caledonian University on  
Saturday 29th April 2006. Immediately following the conference Mrs Forney  
and several other women will take part in a gathering in Royal Exchange  
Square where they will give their testimonies on the effect abortion has had  
on their lives.  

Linda Porter of British Victims of Abortion, a post abortion  
counselling organisation, said "The legacy of almost 40 years of abortion is  
that around five million women have made this decision and very many are  
left struggling in silence with their feelings of regret and loss.  
Comprehensive research needs to be supported to identify the full  
implication to a woman when she chooses abortion. Abortion is a clear  
indication that we have failed women. Women deserve better than abortion."  


You are invited to send a representative to the press conference, which  
commences at 11.00. Please advise by Wednesday 26th at 2 p.m. if you will  
be attending. An ISDN radio link is available to radio stations wishing to interview Mrs Georgette Forney.  

For further details please contact:  
Ian Murray, Director, SPUC Scotland on 0141 225 3692 or 07729 628581  

ENDS  

Peter Kearney  
Director  
Catholic Media Office  
5 St. Vincent Place  
Glasgow  
G1 2DH  
0141 221 1168  
pk@scmo.org  
www.scmo.org  

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