Undercover: Britain’s Abortion Extremists

This Dispatches investigation exposes the extreme UK anti-abortion movement importing shock tactics and religious fundamentalism from America. Undercover reporters infiltrated two of the most aggressive groups, gathering footage in which activists claim abortion is child sacrifice; that doctors are Satanists, and compare abortion – legal in the UK since 1967 – to genocide and the Holocaust.

This Dispatches investigation exposes the extreme UK anti-abortion movement importing shock tactics and religious fundamentalism from America. Undercover reporters infiltrated two of the most aggressive groups, gathering footage in which activists claim abortion is child sacrifice; that doctors are Satanists, and compare abortion – legal in the UK since 1967 – to genocide and the Holocaust.

More worryingly, in their advice centres, vulnerable women are told that abortion is linked to breast cancer – a claim that doctors say is nonsense.

The footage, filmed over the course of six months, reveals these ‘protestors’ to be not just a small group of religious fundamentalists; they are highly organised and appear intent on utilising all means possible – legal and illegal – to harass, intimidate and give women dangerously false medical information. All of which, according to experts featured in the programme, represent potential breaches of the law and a serious danger to women.

At training academy run by Abort67, high profile American activists were caught on camera saying abortion is child sacrifice. They said: “from a secular perspective abortion is genocide, but from a scriptural perspective, it’s child sacrifice.” They also claim some abortion doctors are members of the Universal Church of Satan, and they bribe abortion doctors to gather the extreme photographs of aborted foetuses to display at clinic doorways. Undercover reporters also witnessed women being filmed as they entered and left abortion clinics; being shown gruesome images of aborted babies, as well as countless patients being followed down the street and right at clinic doorways by activists wearing cameras and audio recording devices.

Undercover reporters also infiltrated the Good Counsel Network, a London-based group with links to American groups including 40 Days for Life who claim on camera that abortion is the ‘genocide of all genocides’. These groups are caught giving women dangerous medical misinformation – and telling outright lies.

Using a network of paid employees, the Good Counsel Network was recorded telling women entering abortion clinics, some of whom had been told by their doctors that continuing their pregnancies would put their lives at risk, that they should continue. At the group’s so-called crisis pregnancy centre in London the organisation’s founder tells a reporter there is: ‘a large increased risk in breast cancer after abortion” and the NHS are trying to cover this up.

A leading gynaecologist, reviewing the footage for the programme, said there is no evidence at all linking breast cancer and abortion. Disturbed by the conduct of the protestor she said: “it’s very damaging…there is no excuse whatsoever not to give people true information.”

 

Directed & Produced by Joanna Potts
Reporter: Cathy Newman
Executive Producer: David Henshaw