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Priests for Life is happy to present the following resource, provided with the permission of Mark Crutcher. These are letters to the editor about abortion, and can be very helpful in training pro-lifers in their ability to communicate the pro-life message by means of the press. We have also provided an index of various terms and topics contained in these letters.

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We invite you to use the following 430 sample letters to the editor. We have organized them by question or category. In general, each letter addresses an issue, accusation, claim, response, etc. of a pro-abortionist and shows the false assumptions, denial, or error in that line of reasoning. Please choose from the topics below.

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Letters 1 - 32, 64 - 69, 410, 412 Is abortion about "right or wrong" or about "who decides"? Responding to pro-abortionists who say, "Freedom is about letting people make their own choices."

The Myth of Freedom: Pro-choicers say that abortion "gives each woman the freedom to live as she sees fit. Women need to be completely free to make decisions about motherhood." What kind of reasoning considers killing one's own child necessary for freedom?

Letters 33 - 38, 399 Pro-abortion activists object to being called "pro-abortionists." Of all social movements, only abortion advocates are ashamed of what they stand for. The many reasons why the proper term is "pro-abortion" instead of "pro-choice."
Letters 39 - 48, 140-141, 411 Responding to the pro-abortion slogan "Letting Women Be Their Own Moral Agents"--a ploy to try to make abortion seem morally acceptable. Because abortion is "such an intensely personal decision," it should be permitted.
Letters 49 - 61, 330 Responding to the pro-abortion claim that pro-lifers don't "trust women." They believe that an end to abortion would "wage war" against women.
Letters 62 - 63, 70 - 73, 136 - 138 Working to make abortion illegal: Responding to those who favor legal abortion who say, "If abortions are harder to obtain in this state, women will just travel to other states to have them." Pro-abortion people argue, "Outlawing abortion will not end it." Responding to the argument that "stopping abortion will not happen through changing laws--it will come from changing hearts--so therefore we shouldn't work to make it illegal."
Letters 74 - 91 Pro-choice politicians and Pastors want to be popular rather than honorable so they excuse abortion. Some politicians say they are "personally opposed to abortion." But they also say, "I cannot impose my belief on others." What they aren't acknowledging is that every time they vote on a law they are "imposing their beliefs on others." By claiming to be "abortion neutral" the government avoids its responsibility to protect the weak.

Responding to how some pro-choice pastors say, "As a pastor, my job is to nurture souls, not control bodies. And besides, an aborted child would just go to heaven anyway." Pastors who know abortion is murder do not speak out for fear of offending someone. The church has traded its moral authority for comfort and popularity. We need to send out a new message that the church will not remain silent.

Letters 92 - 106 Death from childbirth: Abortion advocates sometimes state that abortion is needed to prevent death of the mother from childbirth. These aren't the facts.
Letters 107 - 112, 265 - 267, 287 - 288 Unwanted children and child-abuse: A woman who favors legal abortion has asked, "If women are denied access to abortion, who will pay for all those unwanted children?" Pro-choicers have said that pro-lifers "never give a thought to the children who will be abused if women lose the right to bear only loved and wanted children." They say, "Right-to-lifers claim to be pro-family, but they never consider the strain an unwanted child places on a family."
Letters 113, 116 - 124, 324, 414 - 415 Poverty and the myth of scarce resources and overpopulation: Abortion proponents argue, "How can right-to-lifers get so wrapped up in ending abortion when we can't even feed the children who are already starving?" They claim that somehow abortion is necessary because of "scarce resources." While many children don't have decent food, clothing, housing, and medical care--it's NOT because we don't have the resources to care for them. The compassionate response to poverty is to help people climb out of it, not kill them off.

Abortion is supposed to solve every society ill: How we "need" abortion in order to prevent child abuse, homelessness, poverty, family break-up, and just about every other social ill. Every social problem that pro-abortionists claim will get worse if we make abortion illegal, has gotten worse since abortion was legalized.

Letters 114 - 115, 141 - 143, 155 - 158, 397 - 398 Privacy issue and government interference: Pro-abortion extremists have asked, "What gives the government the right to come into our bedrooms?" Radical pro-abortion feminists rant, "The government has no right to tell a woman she must have a child--No Mandatory Motherhood." Are opponents of "mandatory motherhood" also opponents of "mandatory fatherhood"? Pro-choice groups sometimes argue, "If the government can tell a woman not to have an abortion, it can tell her she has to have one."
Letters 125 - 130, 294, 368 - 378 Parental consent/notification legislation for minors
Letter 131, 210 - 216, 416, 418, 429 - 430 Prolifers are often accused of being "insensitive to the needs of mothers," while pro-choicers ostensibly being "sensitive." They ask, "Why don't you pro-lifers help some of the people who are already here?" To begin with, unborn children are already here. What we're trying to do is see that they are allowed to remain here alive. Pro-abortion extremists have voiced the accusation, "Pro-lifers only care about life from conception to birth." Pro-abortionists consider pregnant women to be subhuman creatures that need surgery (abortion) to be made fully human again. "Pro-life, that's a lie; you don't care if women die," they chant.
Letters 132 - 135, 384, 389 Myth of the "pro-choice" majority: Proponents of legal abortion have claimed "most Americans favor choice"--the so-called "pro-choice majority." Ramifications of being wrong in one's position--whose stakes are higher? Characterizing the official "pro-choice" position in a nutshell.
Letters 144 - 148, 253 - 254, 417 Abortion supporters say they are "tired of right-to-lifers trying to impose their religious beliefs on others." Some advocates of legal abortion have argued that since theologians can't agree on when life begins (personhood, ensoulment), Roe v. Wade should stand. Why is it that when abortion advocates start losing the battle on scientific grounds they drag in religion? Responding to a sign reading, "Keep Your Rosaries Off My Ovaries."
Letters 149 - 154, 236-239, 251 - 252 A child in the womb is more than just a "potential human": Abortion fanatics try to defend abortion by claiming, "No one knows when life begins." They say abortion just eliminates the "potential," but does not end a life. ...Everyone recognizes that an acorn is not a tree, and an egg is not a chicken. Pro-lifers need to learn to tell the difference between a developing potential human and a living person." The truth is that abortions are performed precisely because the baby is alive, but is not wanted.
Letters 159 - 166, 217 - 220, 255, 390 - 391 Abortion as birth control: A pro-abortion organization recently claimed that pro-lifers "cause" abortion by "opposing sex education and birth control." An abortion fanatic said, "Anti-choicers say abortion is murder because it destroys a fertilized egg. Well, so does an IUD or Norplant. It's really birth control they oppose." Using abortion as "birth control" (routinely and repeatedly) rather than just in the "hard cases."
Letters 167 - 171, 298 - 299 , 202 - 205, 400 - 402, 385 - 388 Abortions of convenience: Responding to their claim that "No woman ever wants an abortion. Abortions are not acts of whim or fancy, but of tragic and compelling necessity." Abortion advocates sometimes say they can't understand why right-to-lifers think they have the right to interfere in the toughest decision a woman will ever make. "How could anybody who has never had an abortion understand what the aborting woman is going through?" they ask. Pro-choicers claim "women never use abortion frivolously, but only in situations of terrible necessity." Should it be legal for a woman who purposely got pregnant (for acceptance, rite of passage, or to keep a relationship together) to get an abortion? Rise of sex selection abortions and "selective reduction" abortions because woman is pregnant with more babies than wanted. The fact is more than 90% do not fall into this "tragic necessity" category.
Letters 172 - 190 Abortions in situations of rape and incest: A pro-abortion man demanded, "Why should a woman who's been the victim of rape or incest have to bear her assailant's child?"
Letters 191 - 196, 321, 367 Claim to be a "women's issue" that men should stay out of: One of the more outrageous things radical pro-abortion feminists say is, "If men could get pregnant, abortion would be a sacrament." Radical pro-abortion feminists find fault with men who oppose abortion. They say abortion is a women's issue and "men have no business being involved." Before the legalization of abortion, boyfriends who impregnated their girlfriends and took them to get abortions could be prosecuted if the abortion caused her death. What are the father's rights to decide if his child should be killed?
Letters 198 - 201, 206 - 209, 316 A pro-abortion activist recently asked pro-lifers to "join with us in our efforts to end the need for abortions." The truth is that there is no need for abortion. There is only the abortionists' unwillingness to offer anything else. The suggestion that pro-lifers and abortionists work together "to address why it is so difficult to talk women out of abortions once they have decided that they need them."
Letters 223 - 228 Fetal tissue research and RU-486 for medicinal purposes: Pro-abortion people claim that pro-lifers aren't really "for life" because we oppose fetal experiments, which they claim could save lives. A noted abortion fanatic recently lambasted pro-lifers for opposing the abortion pill, RU-486. She claimed that the drug has the potential to fight breast cancer, and that by opposing RU-486, pro-lifers are consigning women to die of cancer.
Letters 229 - 231, 235 Sidewalk counselors blocking abortion clinics: Pro-abortion fanatics sometimes say, "What gives these anti-choicers the right to deny women their constitutional rights by illegally blocking clinics?" although escorts often use physical force.
Letters 232 - 234, 248 - 250, 305, 409, 427-428 Abortion-related shootings, acts of vandalism and violence, death penalty, and a consistent ethic of life: After the recent fire at the local abortion clinic, the clinic spokesman said, "What makes pro-lifers think they have the right to bomb or burn a completely legal abortion clinic?" Everyone mourns when an abortionist is killed, but who mourns when an abortionist kills a woman? Since many more women killed by their abortionists than abortionists killed by pro-lifers, why is the government only worried about the pro-lifers? Some pro-choicers have claimed that pro-lifers are inconsistent for opposing abortion but favoring the death penalty. Increase in violence across all of society: A pro-abortion activist's recent column complained that it is wrong to oppose abortion when so many children are killing and being killed on the streets of our cities.
Letters 240 - 241, 283, 326, 333 - 346 Government funding of abortions and Profit-motive of abortionists: In the battle over the budget, Planned Parenthood was arguing that they need money for "family planning" services to save the taxpayers money. Abortionists want federal funding of abortions, yet want "the government to stay out of our lives." There has been a finding that public funding for legal abortions has not increased the number of ILLEGAL abortions. They especially say the government should butt out. Then they turn around and say the government should pay for it.
Letters 242 - 247, 303 - 304, 419, 319, 322 - 323 Abortionists disliking pro-lifers assertions: An abortionist recently insisted that he and his accomplices are not Nazis and that abortion mills cannot be compared to Nazi death camps--claiming that abortions are "medical care." An abortionist complained that just because she does abortions, people assume that she hates babies. Being nice most of the time does not excuse the hideous things abortionists do the rest of the time.

Ways abortionists justify actions: Letters of gratitude to abortionists "Gratitude just means that you did what somebody else wanted you to do. It doesn't mean that what you did was defensible." Lack of regret as criteria to measure the rightness of an act -- it's a measure of the conscience of the person acting, not a measure of the rightness of the act committed.

The abortionist said that abortion disturbed him at first, but that as he did more of them, he began to find them more interesting and less morally troubling. Once habitual it becomes easier is something all serial killers claim.

Letters 259 -264 Criminalizing abortionists vs. abortive mothers: Some pro-choicers complain that legislation restricting abortion would cause women to be jailed for having abortions. The only people who propose prison sentences for abortive women are pro-choicers. The goal of pro-lifers was always to put ABORTIONISTS in jail, where they belong. A pro-choicer recently asked, "Since conservatives usually favor the death penalty, what do you think they want the penalty to be for women who have abortions?"
Letters 268 - 282, 318 Botched, illegal abortions resulting in women dying: Pro-abortionists claim that prohibiting abortion would increase those done by "back-alley butchers." Pro-choicers continue to use the old lie that illegal abortions killed 5,000 to 10,000 women every year.
Letters 256 - 258 Planned Parenthood's spokeswoman made much last week of the two Klansmen carrying anti-abortion signs at the Ku Klux Klan rally. She said, "It just shows what kind of people oppose abortion."
Letters 289 - 293 Adoption of unwanted children
Letters 295 - 297 Ban on pictures of aborted babies being displayed in public
Letters 301 - 302, 315, 404 Hypocrisy of Planned Parenthood: Supreme Court's Planned Parenthood v. Casey decision, Quote from National Organization for Women spokeswoman Jeanne Clark. Planned Parenthood changing their minds from an earlier stance
Letters 306, 349 Myth of "legal" means "safe": Prochoicers advocate midwives and non-doctors to perform abortions. Pro-choicers advocate the "do-it-yourself" home abortion procedure--so much for legality ensuring safety.
Letter 314 RU-486: Pro-abortionists wanting to lift of the import ban of RU-486, the French "abortion pill."
Letters 317, 403, 406 Hypocrisy of pro-choice language: "Restrictive" vs. "protective" in vocabulary of abortion laws, "Pro-choice" people who only offer ONE REAL choice: abortion. Identifying language of abortion with the language of slavery.
Letter 320 Dismissing data of pro-lifers as biased: Pro-abortionists have said, "There is no evidence of Post-Abortion Syndrome because the researchers who identified it are all opposed to abortion." Abortionists claim that if someone opposes abortion, their data must be bad.
Letters 307 - 309, 407 - 408 Myth of altruism: "Don't judge me by my actions, but by my intentions." "The only motive that I (an abortionist) ever encountered in women having abortions is "to be a good mother"--somehow killing is the most loving thing to do.
Letters 327 - 329, 286, 310 - 313 Early abortion laws focused on "quickening"-- "Pre-Roe abortion laws were meant to protect women, not babies, and therefore they should never be reinstated," they claim, "Pre-Roe anti-abortion laws were just attempts by the male-dominated medical establishment to drive non-doctors out of business." The shortage" of "abortion providers" certainly shows a change of attitude in the medical profession. If we "turn back the clock, seedy old men" will demand sex from desperate women "seeking" abortions.
Letters 331 - 332, 347, 420-426 Equating abortion with women's rights: Letting "women do what they want with their bodies." Abortion is not a sign that women are free, but bitter proof that they are desperate. No real choice. Myth of empowerment. Myth of abortion as the cornerstone of freedom and equality with men. See abortion for what it really is: something that is done to women, by men, for men
Letters 348, 325, 405, 413, 350 Using science to determine when life begins: If we use the absence of brain waves to determine that a person's life has ended, why shouldn't we use the presence of brain waves to determine that someone's life has begun? The fallacy of the belief that life begins at birth. Proof that fetus has scientifically-verifiable different genetic code than mother. Once we decide that life begins at any point other than the one based on science--conception--then one arbitrary point is as valid as any other. It's interesting that the unborn are being treated for diseases -- being recognized as a patient separate from the mother.
Letters 351 - 366, 392 - 396 Informed-consent legislation and mandatory waiting period, requiring that women be informed about what they are about to do and be required to wait 24 or 48 hours as reflection-time
Letters 379 - 383 Government regulation of abortion facilities -- equal standards to medical clinics

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