4thought is airing seven short films on abortion next week on Channel 4 on both sides of the debate. The films will air for a week on Channel 4 starting on Monday 15th November.
Viewers can share their own thoughts and feelings about abortion and comment on the speakers on the 4thought website. The ProLife Alliance urges viewers to do so.
The films will be shown as follows:
Monday 15th November at 7.55pm – Rachel Bass
Practising Christian Rachel Bass decided to have an abortion after discovering her baby was severely disabled, but believes that God understands the difficult decision she had to make.
Tuesday 16th November at 7.55pm – Dr Trevor Stammers
Dr Trevor Stammers is a Christian who has been a practising GP for over 30 years. He refuses to personally refer women for abortions and believes there is a growing uneasiness in the medical profession about the vast numbers of abortions performed simply because women see children as a “social inconvenience”.
Wednesday 17th November at 7.55pm – Professor Wendy Savage
Professor Wendy Savage is a retired obstetrician and gynaecologist and the co-ordinator of Doctors for a Woman’s Choice on Abortion. She believes that abortion is an important medical procedure and that religious groups should not tell women what they should do with their lives.
Thursday 18th November at 7.55pm – John Smeaton
National Director of the Society for the Protection of the Unborn Child John Smeaton is fundamentally opposed to abortion in all cases. He believes that the same arguments that were used to justify slavery are now being used to justify abortion.
Friday 19th November at 7.25pm – Cat Stark
Twenty-seven year old Cat Stark had an abortion when she fell pregnant at university. She believes that it is patronising that women have to satisfy a list of criteria before being allowed an abortion and thinks that the 24 week time limit should be removed, as women are best-placed to make decisions about their own bodies.
Saturday 20th November at 7pm – Kiran Kaur
Sikh Kiran Kaur has a six-month-old daughter and is dismayed that women in the Asian community are still aborting their female babies for social reasons. She believes this is fundamentally at odds with the Sikh faith which preaches the equality of men and women.
Sunday 21st November at 7.05pm – Lucy Cavendish
Writer Lucy Cavendish had two abortions before starting her family. She viewed them as practical not moral decisions, and thinks it is wrong to bring a baby into the world that you do not want.