Slamming into a brick wall emotionally
Vibrant Olivia Gans, relaxing in the lounge of a Blackpool hotel, is an
attractive articulate American. Beneath that bubbly exterior, however, there are
six years of grief and pain.
In 1981, unmarried and unemployed, she had an abortion. It led to an
emotional turmoil that caused her to rethink of her life -- and inspired a
determination to help other woman in the same situation.
The 28 year old from Washington DC launched American Victims of Abortion,
which has become a powerful pressure group in the States with the ear of
Now, she is on a week long lecture tour in Britain, which has included a
fringe meeting last night at the Tory conference, organized by the Society for
the Protection of Unborn Children. Other speakers Included Lancashire MP Ken
The visit comes as Liberal MP David Alton prepares to Introduce his private
Member's Bill which would reduce form 28 weeks to 18 weeks the legal limit for
abortion. In America, meanwhile, a study has been launched into the effects of
"Victims of abortion lose much, but the greatest loss is that of the unknown
child." Says Olivia. "Efforts to tell people of the humanity of the unborn and
the evil of abortion must continue unabated."
When she became pregnant. She was advised by four doctors and counselors to
have it terminated.
"Nobody helped me find the strength to do what I really wanted to do, which
was to have the child."
"On the day the baby would have been born, it was like slamming into a brick
However, she soon found there were other women with the same problem and she
rapidly began bulling up a nationwide network. Now, SPUC has launched British
Victims of Abortion organization.
Says Olivia, "I want my child's life and death to make a difference for other
women and couple who are faced with this situation."