Remember Forsaken, the Taunton “charity” Nadine Dorries name-checked during  the parliamentary adjournment debate on a “woman’s right” to be brainwashed by religious anti-abortion types when they approach health services with a view to terminating unwanted pregnancies?

Well, not only does it turn out that Forsaken isn’t actually a charity, yet, I can also confirm, having finally got my sticky hands on a copy of their publication, that Dorries was also wrong/lying/dissembling when she described the organisation as “neither pro-life nor pro-choice: it is pro-women.

Because it’s not, it’s really really not; it’s pro-life.

The first clue to where the organisation stands on this issue comes with the book’s preface, which has been contributed by Margaret Cuthill ( Bio from a pro-life conference she spoke at earlier this year – “Margaret Cuthill is a Post Abortion Recovery Counsellor. She has been working as a full time counsellor for British Victims of Abortion for 19 years“) from A.R.C.H Trust. That’s the A.R.C.H Trust that, as Polly pointed out in the previous thread on this, believes that anyone and everyone who’s ever been near a woman who’s had an abortion is at risk of catching the dreaded “after abortion trauma“:

If you have experienced an abortion, or been involved with someone who has, you may be struggling to come to peace with that decision. Many are affected by after abortion trauma:

  • the woman who had the abortion,
  • the person who paid for an abortion
  • children that were told their lives would be easier because a younger sibling was aborted
  • the friend who drove a woman to the clinic pregnant, and back home “un” pregnant
  • the dad whose wife/girlfriend chose abortion against his better judgment, consent or even without his knowledge
  • a school counsellor who scheduled the appointment
  • the grandparent who talked, supported or drove their daughter to the abortion or may not even had known of their son/daughter’s pregnancy.
  • a family member, friend, counsellor or clergy, who tried to talk a mother/father out of an abortion, and failed
  • the nurse, clinic worker or abortion doctor who later regrets their participation in taking the lives of the unborn

Any of these people might suffer from after abortion trauma. YOU could suffer too! For many, emotions surface after the abortion experience, due to unresolved psychological, physical and spiritual aspects. Symptoms are similar to those in any post traumatic stress disorder.

Or the “ZOMG I’m tainted with the mark of the baby killer!!!” disease as it’s alternatively known by the religious right, in an entirely non-judgemental-not-trying-to-guilt-trip-women-in-any-kind-of-way kind of way.

In the introduction the mystery unnamed editors tell us:

This book is about the reality of post abortion. The women who suffer in this way tend to feel forsaken, unable to express what they are suffering.

and the book then continues with the tragic heart-breaking true-life stories of women who’ve had abortions, and who’ve gone on to regret it, but who’ve all then managed to finally find peace and forgiveness through Jesus Christ.


So basically, in a nutshell, the stories in this book/pamphlet/anti-abortion-religious-tract boil down to: I was young. I didn’t know what I was doing. I had an abortion. I lived to regret it. But then I found Jesus. The end.

And then, just in case the happy-clappiness message of the book has managed to entirely escape the unsuspecting reader, the women’s stories are followed with this lovely, entirely non-judgemental Bible passage:

“I thank Christ Jesus our Lord, who has given me strength, that he considered me trustworthy, appointing me to his service. Even though I was once a blasphemer and a persecutor and a violent (wo) man, I was shown mercy because I acted in ignorance and unbelief.
The grace of our Lord was poured out on me abundantly, along with the faith and love that are in Christ Jesus. Here is a trustworthy saying that deserves full acceptance: Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners—of whom I am the worst. But for that very reason I was shown mercy so that in me, the worst of sinners, Christ Jesus might display his immense patience as an example for those who would believe in him and receive eternal life. Now to the King eternal, immortal, invisible, the only God, be honor and glory for ever and ever. Amen.”
1 Timothy 1:12-17

Pete Doherty’s post abortion syndrome definition then follows, and the book ends with a list of two “National Organisationswhich offer support to tainted fallen sinners who carry the mark of the baby-killerA.R.C.H. Trust and Care Confidential, which are both, as we’ve already ascertained, pro-life anti-abortion organisations.

So, to get back to Dorries’s original statement to the House that Forsaken is “neither pro-life nor pro-choice: it is pro-women“. Remember when she said this to the parliamentary commissioner for standards: “I rely heavily on poetic licence and frequently replace one place name/event/fact with another“?

She really wasn’t lying. For a change.