Christian Mental Health Worker Sacked After Passing Colleagues A Booklet Warning Of The Psychological Damage Of Abortion
A Christian mental health worker has been sacked after passing colleagues a booklet warning of the physical and psychological damage some women suffer after an abortion.
The 40 year-old, from Battersea, south London, was worried that women seeking medical advice for a “crisis pregnancy” were routinely offered abortions without consideration of other options, and with no meaningful discussion of the risks.
“Women would be coming in crisis – anxious, depressed, alone,” Ms Forrester said. “As an example of the patients I was concerned about, I showed my colleague a copy of a pamphlet called Forsaken, which details five true stories of women who had an abortion, were traumatised and were not informed of the potential consequences or alternatives.”
But a week later, after her managers found out, Ms Forrester was suspended from her duties at Central North West London Mental Health Trust. Last month, after a series of lengthy hearings and an unsuccessful appeal, she was sacked.
“There is a conspiracy of silence in this country on the issue of abortion,” she said. “If we are professionals, we really must listen to patient experiences.”
There is no room in the “dysfunctional” NHS even for a conversation between colleagues that respects a traditional Christian viewpoint, said Ms Forrester, a Roman Catholic. “Christians are an easy target. There are frankly so few of us who are trying to practise our Christian faith that we become a minority.”