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Troll abuse

November 2015

A pro-‘Planned Parenthood’ campaigner has been attacked by online ‘trolls’ after she launched a #ShoutYourAbortion campaign on Twitter.

Lindy West, co-founder of the campaign, said she was aiming to de-stigmatise the discussion of the procedure, but found herself targeted by fake Twitter accounts impersonating her dead father.

According to the Huffington Post, Ms West, who set up the hashtag alongside fellow campaigner Amelia Bonow, said she had been attacked online, even receiving threats.

The campaign was launched after Republicans had attempted to push legislation to cut Planned Parenthood and abortion clinic funding through Congress. However, the Republicans’ attempts were blocked by the Democrats.

John Smeaton, chief executive of pro-life charity the Society for the Protection of Unborn Children, claimed Ms West’s campaign would not help suffering women. He said: ‘Our hearts go out to women who have had an abortion and who are struggling to come to terms with what has happened — the killing of their unborn child. Pro-abortion campaigners shouting about their abortions will not in any way help post-abortive women who are suffering in silence’.