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
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
Catholic Media Office
5 St. Vincent Place
0141 221 1168