Pro-abortion politicians will often say to us, “Legislators should not be practicing medicine.” Our response? We’re not asking you to practice medicine, but to prevent the abuse of medicine. Medicine is for the purpose of preserving life; abortion takes life. Surgery helps the body do what it is supposed to do; abortion stops the body from doing what it is supposed to do. There is no disease that abortion cures.
Legislators are not called to practice medicine. But laws do prohibit doctors from carrying out procedures without the patient’s consent, from using certain types of medications, and from all kinds of malpractice. The practice of medicine is regulated by all kinds of laws that protect the lives of patients. All we ask is that the unborn be included in that protection.
Pro-abortion politicians will often say to us, “I support women’s rights and health.” Our response? That is precisely why you should examine the evidence, which is more plentiful than ever, that abortion is destructive of women’s health, and listen to the growing voices of those who have been harmed by abortion. That is also why you should examine how the abortion industry, through unregulated and dangerous clinics, continues to deceive and exploit women.
The fact is that abortion destroys women’s rights and women’s health, and pro-abortion activists continue to ignore that fact and hide it from the public.
I recently helped prepare for hearings that were held just days ago in the United States Senate on the question of how abortion harms women. It’s time for pro-abortion politicians to pay attention.
An abortionist in California is now facing a homicide charge in the death of one of the women on whom he performed the procedure. After complications developed that he could not handle, he called 911, but only after a long delay. When the ambulance arrived, the woman was in cardiac arrest. She died six days later. The abortionist had given the woman the wrong dosage of anesthesia.
Now, guess who this abortionist is blaming for his troubles? Pro-life groups, of course. He says that national groups and local activists make use of secret alliances to put abortionists out of business.
It is time, of course, for all abortion clinics to go out of business so they stop killing. But when are they going to take a bit of responsibility for their own actions?
In 1991, there were over 2,100 abortion mills in the United States. Today, there are 710. In other words, in that time, two-thirds of the killing centers have closed and have not re-opened.
The abortion industry knows that it is losing ground. A key reason for the closing of these mills has been that although the killing they do is permitted by the law, many other things they do are not – things like malpractice, fraud, sexual abuse, tax evasion, and a whole litany of other crimes. In fact, we at Priests for Life have never encountered an abortion mill that follows the law in every respect. Every abortion mill can be closed down just by applying the laws already on the books. Let’s get to work!
When abortion becomes illegal again, are we going to start throwing all the women who have abortions into jail?
No – the people who should go to jail in that case are the abortionists. This is how it worked before abortion became legal, and how it should work again.
After all, the woman who gets an illegal abortion is the best source of information and evidence needed to convict the abortionist. If she feared prosecution, she would never admit to the abortion, which would make it harder to find the abortionist.
This doesn’t excuse the woman’s wrongdoing; rather, it is the same principle by which the state grants immunity to a small-time drug user in exchange for information leading to a big-time drug dealer.
The pro-life movement is not interested in punishing women, but rather in stopping the killing.
Some people think that because men cannot get pregnant, they have no right to say anything about abortion.
But any human being, male or female, has the right and duty to speak up when someone’s life is in danger. Real men don’t stand around with their hands at their side when innocent babies are being ripped apart. They do something to defend these children.
Saying that only women should have any say about abortion is like saying that only Jews can speak about the Holocaust, or only Blacks can speak about segregation, or only children can speak about child abuse.
The truth is that every human being can speak about human rights, and has a duty to defend those rights when they are under attack.
“I’ve made the appointment and am taking you for an abortion.” Many young girls hear these words, and abortion clinics nationwide are more than ready to collaborate with bullying parents.
Now, Priests for Life is collaborating with The Justice Foundation and Life Dynamics to provide for such girls the legal tools they need to protect themselves and their children. A standard letter has been prepared, informing parents that they are subject to legal liability if they force their daughter to abort. Crimes like fetal homicide or civil torts like battery, negligence, and false imprisonment can be incurred.
Likewise, a letter is available that can be sent to abortion clinics saying the clinic can be subject to various forms of criminal prosecution and/or civil liability for performing the abortion on that girl.
Staten Island, NY – Leaders of the Silent No More Awareness Campaign (SNMAC), the world’s largest network of individuals harmed by abortion, said today that a new study on the link between women who suffer physical or sexual abuse and their later abortions does not go far enough in identifying how women seeking abortion should be counseled.
“A Planned Parenthood official who participated in this Iowa study admits that her organization has not been asking women about any abuse they’ve suffered,” said Janet Morana, co-founder of SNMAC. “That Planned Parenthood has been aborting women’s babies for four decades and is only now talking about maybe asking women if they’ve been abused shows that women’s lives are of no consequence to them.”
“Actually, asking women if they’ve suffered physical attacks by their babies’ fathers would be an innovation for Planned Parenthood,” added Georgette Forney, also a co-founder of SNMAC. “What the organization’s sales staff should really do, but which they will refuse to do, is ask women if they’ve been coerced by a boyfriend, husband, or parent to have the abortion. We know that feigning concern for women is one thing for Planned Parenthood, asking women questions that might cause them not to abort is quite another.”
Since the launching of the Silent No More Awareness Campaign in 2003, 3,877 women and men have shared their testimonies publicly at over 572 gatherings in 48 states and ten countries where more than 110,830 attendees have heard the truth about abortion’s negative aftereffects. More than 9,027 people are registered to be Silent No More. Raising awareness about the hurtful aftermath of abortion and the help that is available to cope with the pain are two of the Campaign’s goals.
The Silent No More Awareness Campaign is a joint project of Anglicans for Life and Priests for Life. For more information, please visit our website: