Article used from SPUC Alive newsletter Summer / Autumn edition 2016
As abortion becomes commonplace in the UK, we are seeing more reports of young women tragically taking their own lives following abortion.
Pro-lifers were deeply saddened to learn of the death of a 21-year-old student and single mother, who committed suicide after having an abortion in March.
Jade Rees, from Oldham, Greater Manchester, had an abortion after her five-month relationship with the father ended and he began dating someone else. She was left devastated after the abortion and the break-up.
Jade hanged herself three weeks after her abortion, leaving a handwritten note for her parents saying that she was suffering after the experience. She wrote a second note for her two-year-old son : “He means everything to me,” she wrote.
According to reports, the young woman played the Ed Sheeran song ‘Small Bump’, on YouTube through her phone before she took her own life.
Tragically, Jade is one of a number of woman who have taken their own lives in despair following a legal abortion. Ashli Blake was a 15-year-old girl who committed suicide two years after having an abortion when she was 13.
Ashli was dating a 17-year-old boy, four years her senior, when she became pregnant. She decided she wanted to keep her baby. but was eventually pressured by her mother into getting an abortion. Ashli jumped to her death from a tower in the New Forest in September 2014.
SPUC school talks tackling suicide
Readers who are familiar with the SPUC school talk will also be familiar with the case of Emma Beck, who hanged herself the day before her 31st birthday in February 2007 after aborting her baby twins when she was eight weeks pregnant.
Emma was well-known British artist and the story of her suicide was widely reported. In her suicide note, she wrote : “I told everyone I didn’t want to do it, even at the hospital. I was frightened, now it’s too late. I died when my babies died. I want to be with my babies : they need me, no-one else does.”
Abortion hurts celebrities too
In April this year, 24-year-old Bollywood actress Pratyusha Banerjee was found dead at her home. Details are still unconfirmed due to a police investigation, but media reports have claimed that Pratyusha committed suicide by hanging herself in her home in Mumbai. Doctors subsequently revealed that Pratyusha was pregnant and had had an abortion just days before her death.
In the UK, under the 1967 Abortion Act, abortion is only supposed to be permitted when continuing the pregnancy would pose a greater risk to the mother’s mental or physical health, or when the baby has a disability.
A long-term study from Finland (1987-2012) has found that the risk of suicide doubles in women who have had an abortion.
SPUC has produced a briefing note summarising the physical and psychological risks of abortion. Contact HQ on 020 7091 7091 if you would like to order a copy.
If you are struggling after abortion, or know anyone who is, you can contact the Abortion Recovery Care and Helpline on : 0845 603 501.