Christian charity tells schoolchildren abortion 'doubles risk of breast cancer'
Charity claims 93% of rape victims 'regret decision' to abort any subsequent baby
16:05 GMT, 19 July 2012
Regret Lovewise claims 93 per cent of rape victims who abort 'regret their decision'
A Christian charity has come under fire after it emerged it is teaching schoolchildren that abortion causes holes in the womb, depression and infection.
Lovewise, which conducts hundreds of presentations at secondary schools across the UK, claims that women who have abortions are twice as likely to get breast cancer.
However, the National Cancer Institute in the U.S concluded in 2003 that having an abortion does not increase the risk of breast cancer at all.
The charity also claims that
93 per cent of rape victims who abort 'regretted their decision' while
70 per cent of those who had babies did not regret it.
shadow public health minister Diane Abbott 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.'
Ms Abbott added that the research claims made by the group were collated in Chile, adding: 'It is a mismatch of bigotry and urban myth. They certainly haven’t got the data from here in the UK.'
The Tyneside-based charity has given presentations in youth groups and dozens of schools, the majority of which are faith schools, since its creation in 2002.
Critical: Labour's Diane Abbott said she thought the charity was teaching 'impressionable' children 'propaganda'
According to its accounts from 2010 to 2011, it gave 300 presentations and has teams based in Bournemouth, Guildford, Hull, Kendal, Newcastle, Sheffield, South Coast, Suffolk, Sussex and Wimbledon.
On the charities website, it says: 'Our presentations for schools aim to fulfil the 2000 DfES guidance – that pupils should ‘learn about the nature of marriage and its importance for family life and the bringing up of children’ and be helped to ‘develop positive values and a moral framework that will guide their decisions, judgment and behaviour’.'
Lovewise says their presentations have been written by 'two paediatricians, Dr Chris Richards and Dr Liz Jones with input from other health professionals, teachers and parents'.
Charity director Dr Richards told The Huffington Post UK: 'We live in a pluralistic society which encourages the exchange of views on all matters.
'We believe that young people, therefore, have a right to hear and discuss what might be positive about keeping sex for marriage and keeping their unborn child.'
Sexual education charity Education for Choice said that young people should have access to 'evidence-based, impartial' information.
A spokeswoman said: 'We have been working in schools for 20 years and have come across a number of groups which present misinformation about contraception and abortion to satisfy their ideological aims.
Lovewise say they give a 'Christian perspective' to schoolchildren
'The claim that Lovewise, and other organisations, make that women who have had abortions are twice as likely to get breast cancer, or seven times more likely to commit suicide is not supported by reputable scientific research.
'Attempting to frighten young people in this way and cloud their understanding of contraception, sexual health and their bodies is wrong.'
A Department for Education spokeswoman said: 'We want all schools to have high quality sex and relationship education so pupils have the information they need to make the best possible choices.
'We expect all schools to tackle these topics responsibly, factually, and in an age-appropriate way.
'Schools have a responsibility under law to ensure children are insulated from political activity and campaigning in the classroom. They must present both sides of an argument if they are teaching about controversial issues.'