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Date: June 11, 2008

Georgia Case Is Latest Example that Abortion Is Often Coerced, Not Chosen, Say “Silent No More” Leaders

Staten Island, NY – The recent case of a Georgia woman who pressured her teenage son’s girlfriend into having an abortion illustrates that the procedures are often not chosen, but coerced, say leaders of the Silent No More Awareness Campaign (SNMAC), the world’s largest network of individuals harmed by abortion.

“The claim of the pro-abortion lobby that terminating a child’s life is ‘a choice between a woman and her doctor or her God’ is empty rhetoric to the countless women I know who were intimidated or threatened by boyfriends, husbands, or relatives,” said Janet Morana, co-founder of SNMAC. “This Georgia case shows just how far reaching the pressure to abort can be.”

The case in question involved a woman who, court records show, insisted that her 16-year-old son’s pregnant girlfriend not give birth. The woman confessed to pretending to be the girl’s mother and illegally signing the girl’s parental notification for abortion form. She was sentenced to one year in jail. The girl’s actual parents were not told about the abortion until after it was performed.

“Abortion clinics will not voluntarily ask girls or women if they’re being coerced into ending their children’s lives,” added Georgette Forney, another co-founder of SNMAC. “Abortion clinics are in business to make money and the more abortions they perform, the richer everyone involved becomes; everyone, that is, except the woman who’s just had her life shattered and the baby who’s just had his life ended.”

Since the launching of the Silent No More Awareness Campaign in 2003, 2,326 women and men have shared their testimonies publicly at over 200 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.silentnomoreawarenes.org

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