A row has broken out after pro-lifers told Cambridgeshire school pupils that abortion causes breast cancer.
Feminist Action Cambridge (FAC) has revealed what they claim is “misinformation” given to Year 10 pupils at Comberton Village College by pro-life activists.
Two volunteers from the feminist group recently visited the school to give pro-choice workshops to students.
On the same day, the Society for the Protection of the Unborn Child (SPUC) was also giving a presentation to the students, which the feminists observed.
They claim in The Guardian newspaper that they heard pupils being told abortion can cause breast cancer, infertility and result in the death of the mother.
Children were shown a video by a Christian campaigner from the USA who calls for abortion to be made “unthinkable”.
The feminist group claimed the children, aged 14-15, were also told: “For some people who’ve been raped and had the baby, even if they don’t keep it, something positive comes out of that whole rape experience.”
The presentation also refered to a teenage girl who died after an abortion and a young woman who committed suicide after aborting twins.
Emma-Rose Cornwall, one of the volunteers from FAC who went to Comberton, said: “We are appalled at the purposeful twisting of scientific fact and medical misinformation used by SPUC in their presentation, which included the fabricated mental illness ‘Post Abortion Trauma’ and alleged causal links between abortion and infertility, breast cancer, eating disorders, drug abuse and suicide.”
A representative of SPUC said: “The link with breast cancer is because if a woman has an abortion, particularly in her first pregnancy, changes have to take place in her breasts.
“If during that pregnancy she has an abortion … then it can leave those cells in the breasts in a kind of half-changed state and statistically, that increases her risk of developing breast cancer later on in life.”
A study co-ordinated by Cancer Research UK has shown that abortion does not increase the risk of breast cancer.
In a letter to parents Comberton principal Stephen Munday said: “Some of you may have come across an article in The Guardian newspaper over the weekend about our most recent core R.P.E. day for Year 10 pupils. As for several years, the day focussed on significant moral issues, including the issue of abortion. As previously, outside speakers from a range of perspectives (some of them very significantly different to each other) were invited in to explain their views. Pupils were able to question them. Pupils were encouraged to reflect on the various views as well as their own pre-existing views. Any conclusions that they might reach would, of course, be their own. We believe this to be an appropriate and powerful form of education regarding significant moral issues.
“Unfortunately, The Guardian reported the day with a particular slant that did not properly and fully reflect the approach described above. Rather, the suggestion was that an anti-abortion group had been invited in to tell pupils all about abortion. As you might guess, this group was indeed invited in along with others of significantly opposed viewpoints. Pupils listened to all of them and made their own judgements. Senior staff oversaw the process to ensure proper balance. This approach has always received positive feedback from pupils who are clear that it has helped them to reflect properly on these significant issues.”
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