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Date: October 17, 2007

"Silent No More" Leaders Praise House of Representatives for Urging More Study of Abortion's Affect on Mental Health

Staten Island, NY – Leaders of the Silent No More Awareness Campaign, the nation's largest network of women and men testifying to the harm they've endured from abortion, today praised a House legislative amendment urging federal agencies to study the psychological consequences of abortion. The measure that was amended, HR 20, originally included only a request to study postpartum depression.

"To study only the psychological problems that may occur after childbirth betrays blindness to the devastating emotional impact abortion can have on women," said Janet Morana, co-founder of the SNMAC. "Post-abortion disorders are at least as serious as postpartum depression and can last much longer."

"To emphasize the problems of giving birth and remain silent about the problems associated with abortion is to give the false impression that there are only harmful psychological consequences if you give birth," added Georgette Forney, also a co-founder of SNMAC. "While the amendment doesn't guarantee that the government will study post-abortion disorders, it at least reminds researchers that women are suffering serious problems associated with abortion that need attention."

Since the launching of the Silent No More Awareness Campaign in 2003, 2,326 women and men have shared their testimonies publicly at 189 gatherings in 44 states and six countries where more than 15,000 spectators have heard the truth about abortion's negative aftereffects. More than 4,100 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: www.SilentNoMoreAwareness.org

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