Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Group Accused of Abortion 'Bigotry' Tyneside Pro-Life Charity Slated over 'Propaganda'

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Group Accused of Abortion 'Bigotry' Tyneside Pro-Life Charity Slated over 'Propaganda'

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Byline: Rachel Wearmouth

ACHARITY on Tyneside has been accused of "pedalling bigotry" after teaching schoolchildren that abortion causes depression, infection and holes in the womb. Newcastle-based Christian charity Lovewise has conducted more than 50 presentations in the North East, the majority in the region's faith schools.

The charity claims women who have abortions are twice as likely to get breast cancer and that the majority of rape victims who have abortions regret it.

Lovewise, which was founded by Dr Chris Richards, a paediatrician at Newcastle's Royal Victoria Infirmary, along with retired Tyneside paediatrician Dr Liz Jones, also claimed that 93% of rape victims who abort "regretted their decision" while 70% of those who had babies did not regret it.

Labour's shadow public health minister Diane Abbott hit out at the charity yesterday. She said: "I think it is very wrong and the Government needs to step in because we can't teach children at an impressionable age this sort of propaganda.

"Sexual health education is supposed to be based on facts. These people are just pedalling bigotry."

Co-founder Dr Christopher Richards, who works at the RVI's paediatric unit, said schools purchase their services which are pro-life.

He said: "Perforation of the womb is a recognised consequence of abortion. It is not very common, but it is true and it is much less common now many abortions are done medically.

"Depression is a well-documented and well-studied complication of abortion."

He added that the claims that abortion could cause breast cancer had been removed from Lovewise's literature as they had "become more controversial" since the charity, based in Newcastle's Jesmond, was founded in 2002.

Dr Richards claimed the figures about rape victims were taken from a book entitled Victims are Victors and could be "found on Amazon". …

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