Our Lady of the Wayside

Our Lady of the Wayside
Protect Expectant Mothers and Their Babies


Saturday 16 February 2013

When Pro-Choice Means No Choice 4

Beatrice met us at a marie stopes abortuary. That day, the abortion centre had been so busy, girls were sitting on the floor as there was no chairs left in the waiting room. Beatrice was East African. Trafficked into the UK by family “friends” to work for them, she was discarded by them later but they kept her passport. Beatrice wanted to keep the baby but her boyfriend withdrew all his support.

Without legal rights here Beatrice wasn’t eligible for benefits, housing or medical treatment. Homeless and with no right to work in the UK, she was sent to marie stopes as she was told there was no other option.

Marie Stopes offered: abortion

'Pro-choicers' offered : to defend her right to abortion

Pro-lifers offered housing, legal help to make a proper application for leave to remain in the UK , financial support, baby things, an opportunity to study and to get support and counselling for the suffering she had undergone when she was trafficked and afterwards. Moral support and friendship as she went through her pregnancy and beyond.

Outcome: Beatrice jumped at the chance to keep her baby. Her boyfriend later offered some support. She awaits the Home Office decision on her stay, but also has help available to her if she has to return home.
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