XES supports 40 Days of Choice
Why 40 Days of Choice?
40 Days of Choice emerged in response to the Christian anti-abortion group 40 Days for Life.
Having begun in the USA in 2007, 40 Days for Life now organise campaigns globally – including the UK – by undertaking ‘prayer vigils’ for 40 days outside clinics and hospitals where abortions take place.
This is going on right now in the UK, between 26 September and 4 November. For the women seeking advice and services, as well as the staff who work there, these vigils are extremely intimidating. We’d ask that even if you don’t agree with abortion, you don’t support this type of aggression towards women.
Opposing intimidating tactics
From a pro-choice perspective, it’s still possible to respect that people hold a wide range of views on the topic of abortion. However, it is grossly unfair to harass vulnerable women and staff as a way of expressing opposition to abortion in general.
There are a great number of reasons why a woman might decide not to continue with a pregnancy, these include:
- being in difficult and stressful circumstances
- already having small children
- serious health problems
Protecting advice and service provision
We need to protect women’s right to have accurate and impartial information about their pregnancy options, and access to abortion if they need it. 40 Days of Choice provides a positive way to promote this and peacefully counter the 40 Days for Life campaign.
They are working to expose the myths and inaccuracies propagated by 40 Days for Life campaigners, as well as providing a rallying point in support of those seeking pregnancy advice and the staff who provide it. They are also raising funds for the charity Education for Choice which provides young people with an accurate source of information about abortion.
Support the campaign
Each day between 26 September and 4 November you can read a new blog post by different pro-choice advocates on the 40 Days of Choice website.
With over 80 years experience of providing impartial advice to the public, Brook and FPA support women’s right to choose. Find out more about the work of Brook and FPA to protect women’s access to sexual health services, and about the 40 Days of Choice campaign.