PLC condemns ‘disgusting’ abortion ad

British Pregnancy Advisory Service (BPAS) advertisement in The Irish Times prompts PLC response

The Pro Life Campaign (PLC) has said it was “disgusting but entirely predictable” that the British Pregnancy Advisory Service (BPAS) would attempt to “exploit the new abortion law in Ireland with a view to establishing abortion clinics here”.

Responding to the organisation’s prominent advertisement in The Irish Times on Saturday, PLC spokeswoman, Cora Sherlock, said it was “all about publicity for the BPAS and has nothing to do with protecting women’s lives”.

She claimed the Government “has made it very easy for groups like the BPAS to act like this after introducing abortion based on a threat of suicide in the full knowledge that it is not a treatment for suicidal feelings”.

“It is misleading to describe abortion as healthcare. Healthcare aims to save lives not end them,” she warned.

“The BPAS has zero respect for the rights of unborn babies throughout the entire nine months of pregnancy. The BPAS is regularly involved in ending the lives of the most vulnerable, simply because they are deemed less than perfect.

“They also talk a lot about wanting to protect women’s lives. If that’s the case why is the BPAS in total denial about the adverse mental health consequences of abortion for many women,” she said.

The text of the advertisement read: “As if deciding to have an abortion wasn’t enough of a journey, about 4,000 Irish women have to travel to Britain for help every year. We’ll care for your women until your government does.”