Woman told her 11 week baby was “collection of cells”

A British woman spoke about the “counseling” she got before her abortion:

“I went to see the BPAS [British Pregnancy Advisory Service]; the people I saw seemed impersonal, very businesslike in their attitude and there was no counseling… Although I was 11 weeks pregnant, I was told it was just a collection of cells – not a baby – which was precisely what I needed to hear in order to justify myself to myself. To get through I needed to dehumanize the baby and maintain absolute denial. The abortion was booked for three weeks’ time.”

Melanie Symonds, Phyllis Bowman And Still They Weep: Personal Stories of Abortion (The SPUC Educational Research Trust, 1996) 4

11 weeks

11 weeks

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Sarah Terzo is a freelance writer and journalist who works for Live Action. She is a member of the board of The Pro-life Alliance of Gays and Lesbians and Consistent Life.
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