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WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Priests for Life and the Silent No More Awareness Campaign will team up with the Justice Foundation and Operation Outcry on March 3 outside the U.S. Supreme Court to highlight how abortion harms and exploits women.
The event, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., will take place one day before the Supreme Court hears oral arguments in June Medical Services vs. Russo, an important abortion case out of Louisiana.
At issue is a Louisiana law, the Unsafe Abortion Protection Act, that requires abortionists to have hospital admitting privileges in nearby hospitals. The justices also have been asked to rule on whether or not abortionists should continue to have standing to sue on behalf of women who have abortions – women who are protected by the very laws these abortionists ask the court to strike down.
“As we know, these abortionists do not have any close relationship with these women, and it is a conflict of interest for them to challenge in court the very regulations that would protect these women from actions of these same abortionists,” said Father Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life and Pastoral Director of Silent No More and Rachel’s Vineyard, the world’s largest ministry for healing after abortion.
Women from Operation Outcry and Silent No More will share their stories of how abortionists lied to them, deceived them, failed to inform them of the most basic facts, and injured them in many devastating ways.
“The abortion business should not be allowed to set aside consumer protection statutes for the benefit of women they claim to represent, but whom they instead deceive and injure,” said Allan Parker, President of the Justice Foundation.
Operation Outcry, which is overseen by the Justice Foundation, and Silent No More, a joint project of Anglicans for Life and Priests for Life, represent tens of thousands of women who regret their abortions and speak publicly about the emotional and physical damage they suffered at the hands of the abortion industry.
Many of the testimonies of women from these organizations are included in amicus briefs filed in the case.
“We hope the Supreme Court justices have read these statements and take them to heart,” said Georgette Forney, Co-founder of Silent No More and President of Anglicans for Life. “Abortion is a physically painful and emotionally traumatic procedure with lifelong repercussions. Abortion providers who make money from the sale of abortion should not be able to interfere with laws that aim to protect women.”
Cynthia Collins of Operation Outcry said, “It’s time for the women’s voices to be heard. It’s 2020. Women can speak for themselves.”
The March 3 event will begin at 10 a.m. ET with an hour of prayer, followed by two hours of testimonies. A prayer rally will take place from 6 to 7 p.m. on March 3.
Priests for Life will live stream all the events outside the Court at EndAbortion.TV, one of the largest video streaming efforts online, consisting of multiple broadcast platforms.
Coverage will include what is expected to be a chaotic scene on the morning of March 4, during a rally that Priests for Life and the Justice Foundation have also helped to organize.
“On the very day that the oral arguments in this case were scheduled, I let the Supreme Court know we would be there on March 4th, in solidarity with the women who have been harmed and killed by abortion, and for whose sake more regulations – not fewer – are urgently needed,” Father Pavone said. “Since then, countless other groups have said they would be there too.”
“Anyone who cares about protecting women should come to the Supreme Court or watch the live stream,” said Janet Morana, Executive Director of Priests for Life and Co-founder of Silent No More. “Women who have had abortions are uniquely qualified to talk about the conditions inside abortion mills, the attitudes of abortionists and their staffs and the damage done by the abortion itself. These women must be heard.”
Priests for Life (EndAbortion.US) is the world’s largest Catholic pro-life organization dedicated exclusively to ending abortion. Pro-life efforts are working. The abortion rate in America is the lowest it has been since Roe v. Wade and in recent years states have passed more than 400 laws to protect the unborn. The number of freestanding abortion clinics in the U.S. has dropped from 2179 in 1991 down to 710 today, and President Trump has placed 187 (and counting) pro-life judges on the federal bench.