British Military Women Forced to Get Abortions

A pro-choice feminist gives the following information in her book about abortion:

Until 1990, the British military had a policy of kicking women who became pregnant out of the service if they did not abort.  If a woman was found to be over 16 weeks pregnant she was discharged, even if she was in a clerical or office job or other noncombat position

From a telephone operator at Women’s Royal Navy Service:

“They gave me a weekend to think about it.  It was like I was going to the dentist to have a tooth out.  There was no compassion and no counseling… My boyfriend didn’t want to know, I had no choice.”

“Abortions Test Case for Army” Guardian March 28, 1994

According to a lawyer who represented women:

“There was a culture of abortion.  If you went to the medical officer, you got told how quickly an abortion could be arranged and that the military hospital was lined up ready to do the operation.”

Janet Hadley “Abortion: between Freedom and Necessity” (Great Britain: Virago Press 1996) 102, 104

There have been many cases of women coerced into having abortions by employers. This is one example.

For more information on coerced abortions, go here.

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Author: TA Smith

Sarah Terzo is a pro-life writer and blogger. She is on the board of The Consistent Life Network and PLAGAL +

One thought on “British Military Women Forced to Get Abortions”

  1. It would be great if you could source your articles a bit better.

    “A pro-choice feminist gives the following information in her book about abortion” – Which feminist? Which book?

    This would be useful info for anyone researching the matter for themselves. If you could send me those details by email, that would be appreciated.

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