For Immediate Release: May 29, 2001
Priests for Life and Elliot Institute Highlight Post-Abortion Testimonies
"If abortion supporters believe abortion is a woman’s issue, shouldn’t they
listen to the voices of women who have had abortions?" asks Fr. Frank Pavone,
Director of Priests for Life.
In an effort to provide a platform for women’s voices to be heard by both
supporters and opponents of abortion, Priests for Life and the Elliot Institute
have announced an combined effort to make an expanded number of women’s
testimonies available to the public through the internet. Over the years, both
of these organizations have collected numerous testimonies and case studies.
With the permission of those who wrote them, the testimonies have been posted at
www.priestsforlife.org and the Elliot Institute’s
"A tenet of feminism is that we should listen to the voices of women." Fr.
Pavone said. "The voices of aborted women speak loudly and clearly that abortion
is a dead end. To listen to them, and to allow their voices to have an even
wider audience, is to honor the value of their experience and insights. So many
of these women—and men as well—find that the sharing of their testimony
strengthens their healing and enables them to carry out the role, as our Holy
Father has said, of being among the most eloquent voices for life in our
In collaboration with the tremendous work of the Elliot Institute, will
continue to give such testimonies the hearing they deserve."
Dr. Reardon, the director of the Elliot Institute, an education and research
group specializing in the area of post-abortion reactions, agrees that wider
dissemination of women’s testimonies will make a difference. "The debate over
abortion is generally focused on whether women have a right to abortion rather
than on whether abortion actually benefits women. All too often, it is just
assumed that women’s lives stay the same or are improved after an abortion. In
fact, many if not most women’s lives are damaged, if not shattered, but most
suffer in silence because of their shame and grief. These women have shared
details of their actual experience and innermost feelings with us hoping that we
will help to make their voices heard. Nearly all of them have only a single
motivation, to help other women facing the same hard choice to know the truth
before they make a tragic choice which they will regret."
To contact Priests for Life, PO Box 141172, Staten Island, NY 10314, phone
(718) 980-4400, web site
To contact the Elliot Institute, PO Box 7348, Springfield, IL 62791-7348,
phone: 217.525.8202, web site: