Pregnancy & abortion – your choice
Lead author Dr M Houghton
Pregnancy & abortion – your choice is dedicated: To all pregnant women and their near relations. That may not be you. But how would you respond to a woman facing an unintended pregnancy, particularly if she shared with you that she is considering an abortion? More fundamentally, would you have any understanding of where she is coming from?
Maybe you engaged with the recent Referendum debate here in Ireland, or maybe not. But are you ready for the new reality of legally available abortion? Time has moved on, but the implications of the vote haven’t gone away. It behoves us all as Christians to prepare ourselves for this new era. This book is the perfect aid.
Uninformed choices in moments of crisis often lead to regret. This compassionate, comprehensive and clear guide to decision making in pregnancy is an invaluable aid to informed choice. Dr T Stammers, FRCGP, a GP for 30 years
Abortion having been legal there for many years, Britain has much to teach us in this regard,. The authors are a team of Christian medical professionals in Britain. They include men and women, and include an experienced female pregnancy counsellor.
In Pregnancy & abortion – your choice, the authors explain that most women who choose abortion believe that they have no other choice. So they tease that out, helping a woman to journey to a decision that is based not on fear, but on information. A simple visual tool helps her to explore her own situation, and to consider that she has options – parenting, adoption and abortion. Also addressed are the place of the father, when the woman is very young, and possible disability. Parenting and adoption are addressed in less detail, as they are well covered elsewhere. Then they share research into the short and long term after effects of abortion, including some research conclusions which I found startling.
It is essential that women and their partners are adequately informed about the possible effects of abortion on them and on follow-on pregnancies. Prof John Wyatt, Emeritus Professor of Neonatal Paediatrics, London.
I believe that this book is a must for those in any sort of pastoral care, whether formal or informal, for that woman could be anyone’s acquaintance. It could also be given with confidence to any neighbour or colleague in crisis, for it is not written to judge or blame.
Dr M Houghton has been a medical doctor for more than 35 years. He is a member of the Royal College of General Practitioners, and has Diplomas in Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Child Health and Anaesthesia, and the Family Planning Certificate.
Dr Esther Lüthy is a Swiss and British registered doctor for internal medicine and obstetrics and gynaecology.
Prof John Wyatt is Emeritus Professor of Neonatal Paediatrics, University College London. He is responsible for the chapter on Premature Birth After Abortion.