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Women Deserve Better Choices: Feminists For Life College Outreach Program

Feminists for Life pioneered promoting holistic, woman-centered resources on campus, making us uniquely positioned to help reach this high-risk group, equip activists, and transform campuses. In the first ten years of the College Outreach Program, abortions among college-educated women declined by a stunning 30%. Our job is far from over. The reality is that 59% of women who have abortions are college-educated. There are 700 courageous pro-life student groups who need Feminist For Life resources and support. You can help send our “Pro-Woman Answers to Pro-Choice QuestionsTM” to pro-life student groups. We can provide them with our “Voices of Our Feminist Foremothers” and “You Have Better Choices” brochures, and our stunning ads that open hearts and minds to nonviolent pro-woman options. Perhaps you (or a group) can sponsor one of our speakers, or an FFL Pregnancy Resource Forum Moderator to visit a campus near you. Women like our Vice President Sally Winn, or speakers like Joyce McCauley-Benner and Chaunie Brusie, have each experienced pregnancy while in college and helped change minds and transform campuses. These events are incredibly effective to revolutionize a campus towards pro-woman, pro-life solutions and philosophy. Student activists have the time, the drive, and the courage. They just need our help. As a stakeholder in our work, you can reach these key agents of change. You can choose to help us reach today’s leaders on campus–and tomorrow’s leaders in every field. If you are a student leader or advisor on campus, contact [email protected] to get your free kit, and inquire about speakers! Because women deserve better… [3 Sept 13, Serrin M. Foster, President,...

Open Adoption: A Love Story

In 1998, I wrote an article … titled “A Crisis Pregnancy Close to Home — When it’s your own unmarried daughter facing a staggering ‘choice,’ are you still pro-life?”1 with the permission and encouragement of my daughter Marie, who was 18 years old and pregnant at the time. A Washington Post columnist had just written yet another Roe v. Wade anniversary article that repeated the old canard that pro-lifers were only pro-life until their teenage daughters became pregnant. We were both offended. At that time, Marie was wrestling with the choice between keeping her baby and adoption. Abortion was never an option because, as Marie said at the time, “I could never kill my baby. I know too much.” I told Marie that the most important question was what would be best for the baby and I assured her that I would totally support her decision to either keep the baby or release him or her for adoption. But the decision had to be hers since she was an adult and she would be the one to live with her decision. I always intended to write a follow-up to that article but it has taken me almost 15 years to write about what happened later. I do so now in the hope of greater understanding and compassion for all involved in the crucial and emotional issue of adoption. There are many kinds of adoptions and each situation and decision is unique. This is our experience. Open Adoption as an Option Around 1.2 million US babies are lost yearly to abortion while only an estimated 18,000 infants are adopted by...

Open Adoption: A Love Story

Open Adoption: A Love Story In 1998, I wrote an article … titled “A Crisis Pregnancy Close to Home — When it’s your own unmarried daughter facing a staggering ‘choice,’ are you still pro-life?”1 with the permission and encouragement of my daughter Marie, who was 18 years old and pregnant at the time. A Washington Post columnist had just written yet another Roe v. Wade anniversary article that repeated the old canard that pro-lifers were only pro-life until their teenage daughters became pregnant. We were both offended. At that time, Marie was wrestling with the choice between keeping her baby and an adoption plan. Abortion was never an option because, as Marie said at the time, “I could never kill my baby. I know too much.” I told Marie that the most important question was what would be best for the baby and I assured her that I would totally support her decision to either keep the baby or release him or her for adoption. But the decision had to be hers since she was an adult and she would be the one to live with her decision. I always intended to write a follow-up to that article but it has taken me almost 15 years to write about what happened later. I do so now in the hope of greater understanding and compassion for all involved in the crucial and emotional issue of adoption. There are many kinds of adoptions and each situation and decision is unique. This is our experience. Open Adoption as an Option Around 1.2 million US babies are lost yearly to abortion while only...

10 Questions the Media Never Ask Pro-Abortion Candidates (2012)

In a response to the sturm und drang over Richard Mourdock, conservative writer Tevin Wax has written a list of the top 10 questions pro-abortion candidates are never asked by the media. The list is insightful and has been passed around pro-life circles today in response to the dustup. [ed. These are also the questions that should be asked in EVERY debate, and in EVERY presentation, to alert the general public to what is really at stake, and to get the general public energized to QUESTION ABORTION — and ABORTION PROMOTERS — such as PP spokespeople and school presenters, pro-abortion (aka "pro-choice") legislators and Congressmen, pro-abortion physicians, pro-abortion sympathizers, and even to ask abortion providers as they come and go, if the opportunity to talk arises…] 1. You say you support a woman’s right to make her own reproductive choices in regards to abortion and contraception. Are there any restrictions you would approve of? 2. In 2010, The Economist featured a cover story on “the war on girls” and the growth of “gendercide” in the world – abortion based solely on the sex of the baby. Does this phenomenon pose a problem for you or do you believe in the absolute right of a woman to terminate a pregnancy because the unborn fetus is female? 3. In many states, a teenager can have an abortion without her parents’ consent or knowledge but cannot get an aspirin from the school nurse without parental authorization. Do you support any restrictions or parental notification regarding abortion access for minors? 4. If you do not believe that human life begins at conception, when...

Abortion ‘Absolutely Never Medically Necessary’: Maternal Care Experts Symposium

An international group of obstetricians and other physicians meeting in Dublin this weekend has issued a statement denying that abortion is ever “medically necessary” for women. In part, the Declaration reads: “As experienced practitioners and researchers in obstetrics and gynaecology, we affirm that direct abortion is not medically necessary to save the life of a woman.” “We uphold that there is a fundamental difference between abortion and necessary medical treatments that are carried out to save the life of the mother, even if such treatment results in the loss of life of her unborn child. “We confirm that the prohibition of abortion does not affect, in any way, the availability of optimal care to pregnant women.” Over 140 medical professionals attended Friday’s symposium, organized by the Committee for Excellence in Maternal Healthcare and chaired by Prof. Eamon O’Dwyer, professor emeritus of obstetrics and gynaecology at the National University of Ireland in Galway. They released the statement along with new papers on maternal health issues including high-risk pregnancies, cancer treatment during pregnancy, foetal anomalies, mental health and maternal mortality. The symposium, with its panel of experts in obstetrics and gynaecology, mental health, and molecular epidemiology, “provided clarity and confirmation to doctors and legislators” said O’Dwyer. This “clarity” comes at a crucial moment as legislators are wrestling with demands by the Labour party and abortion lobbyists to abolish the country’s constitutional protection for the unborn. Over the last two years, abortion industry lobbyists have stepped up their campaigns, and are working hard to convince the Irish public that Ireland’s law banning all abortion is a “threat to women’s health”. A ruling...

Perinatal Hospice Providing Care for the Pre-born and Families (2012)

Perinatal Hospice Providing Care for the Pre-born and Families A new policy paper released this week by the Charlotte Lozier Institute (CLI) features Byron Calhoun, M.D., a perinatologist and professor at West Virginia University-Charleston, addressing the subject of care and treatment for unborn children diagnosed with genetic disorders. “The Perinatal Hospice: Allowing Parents to be Parents,” offers research on the effects and benefits of perinatal hospice. http://www.lozierinstitute.org/2012/05/the-perinatal-hospice-allowing-parents-to-be-parents/ As part of the 1st Annual Conference on Medical Advances in Prenatal Diagnoses, in January this year, MedSFL was honored to have Dr. Calhoun address prenatal diagnosis, therapies, and share some of his work with perinatal hospice.  [24 May 12,...

Rape Exception: Why Do We Kill Babies Instead of Rapists?

… As a former student at a medical college, I’ve taken the Hippocratic Oath in order to participate in clinicals. Because of this, I know there is a “first do no harm” clause. … [I]t is that doctor’s job to ‘first do no harm.’ NOT saving the life of a patient is first doing harm, and that’s against the oath. Where I always get into trouble with my “politically correct” friends is in cases of rape. Yes, I am aware that the woman lost her choice in this situation. Most women know someone who has been a victim of sexual assault, (I’m one who personally knows a sexual assault victim), so I’m not devoid of feelings here. However, I don’t believe killing the baby is going to make the rape victim feel any better. Let me cut to the chase here… if we can’t kill the rapist, why can we kill the baby? The baby is innocent. The rapist is a soulless loser who is going to get out of jail in 5 years, and in many cases will repeat the act. If I’m violently attacked, raped, and end up pregnant, killing my unborn child isn’t going to make me feel any less raped and isn’t going to bring me to peace. If my rapist was getting the death penalty… I’d at least feel safer. I’m not saying rapists should get the death penalty. … What I AM saying is, that being pro-life, except in the instance of rape, is one of the most illogical “exceptions” to a rule I’ve ever heard. It’s like saying “This guy has been...

The Economics of Abortion (2011)

The Economics of Abortion By August 31, 2011 the abortion toll will reach . . . 54,513,314 If THIS Doesn't Shock You, Wait Until You See the Bill! Most people are shocked to learn that there have been 54.5 million abortions in the United States since abortion was decriminalized in Colorado in 1967. A recent poll showed that even a majority of pro-choice people in New York City are shocked by the numbers. However, we don't post these numbers to shock anyone. We do so to invite people to think about the implications for their own future and the future of the country. They affect all of us as family members, taxpayers, and citizens of the most extraordinary society that has ever graced the face of the earth. Yes, we have endured traumatic times before. They almost always involved fundamental principles of law and justice . . . like life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. Slavery and the Civil War are perhaps the best examples. But World War II and the long Cold War qualify, too. At stake in each case were the fundamental principles in which we believe. At 29, Lincoln warned that if America died from anything, it would be failure from within. Years later he said, "While the people retain their virtue and their vigilance, no administration, by any extreme of wickedness or folly, can very seriously injure the government in the short space of four years." That view is certainly being tested now, as it has been by other corrupt administrations in the past. But it is the other element in Lincoln's comment that...

5 Myths About “Back Alley” Abortions (2011)

The Truth About “Back Alley” Abortions With the arrest of Dr. Kermit Gossnell and his associates for running an abortion “house of horrors” in Philadelphia in January 2011, and legislative proposals to strip Planned Parenthood of government funding at the state and federal levels, abortion advocates are falling back on the claim that any effort to regulate the abortion industry will lead to the closing of abortion businesses and a rise in dangerous “back alley” abortions. But these claims are based on myths. The truth is that legal abortion has increased, rather than prevented, the pain, suffering and exploitation of women.1 5 Myths About “Back Alley” Abortions Myth #1. Illegal abortions were performed by unlicensed, unskilled hacks. Prior to legalization, 90 percent of illegal abortions were done by physicians.2  Most of the remainder were done by nurses, midwives or others with at least some medical training. The term “back alley” referred not to where abortions were performed, but to how women were instructed to enter the doctor’s office after hours, through the back alley, to avoid arousing neighbors’ suspicions. Myth #2. Tens of thousands of women died from illegal abortions every year. This pseudo-fact was much repeated by the media. The late Dr. Bernard Nathanson, one of the co-founders of the National Abortion Rights Action League [NARAL] and the obstetrician/ gynecologist who directed what was in the 1970s the world’s largest abortion business, later revealed that leading abortion proponents knew this figure was false but considered it to be “useful” in their public relations campaign.3 Even Planned Parenthood’s own leading statisticians admitted that the official statistics on deaths resulting...

Things Planned Parenthood's 'Truth Team' Forgot to Mention (Apr 2011)

Commentary: Things Planned Parenthood's 'Truth Team' Forgot to Mention By Susan E. Wills Planned Parenthood Federation of America (PPFA) has dispatched a "Truth Team" to rally opposition to the Pence Amendment (H.R. 1, sec. 4013), a measure to stop federal funding of PPFA and its 102 affiliates. But not everything said by PPFA officials and sympathetic media has been the whole truth and nothing but the truth. In the interest of an informed debate about taxpayer funding of PPFA, a few omissions and potentially misleading statements are addressed below. Claim: "This is about women's health more than abortion" (Cecile Richards, PPFA President) This was quoted by Jonathan Alter in a March 14 opinion piece posted on Bloomberg Opinion. But Congress already spends billions every year for women's health care, through Medicaid, Medicare and other programs. Defunding PPFA is about no longer coercing taxpayers to contribute to the nation's largest abortion chain. In its last reported fiscal year (2008-2009), PPFA clinics aborted 332,278 children, a number equal to the entire population of Cincinnati. Since 1970, PPFA has aborted an estimated 5,300,000 children, equivalent to the entire population of Colorado. In an interview published March 17 in the Texas Tribune, Ms. Richards spoke at length about all the healthcare PPFA provides: "We see 3 million patients each year across the country. For 97 percent of them, we provide preventive care. Three percent are abortions." Yet according to PPFA's own March 2011 Planned Parenthood Services fact sheet, 332,278 abortions were performed on some of PPFA's three million clients in the year ending June 30, 2009.  This suggests that eleven percent of their...

Economic Cost of Abortion: $202 Billion in Lost Taxes Per Year as of 2012 (2011)

The Economic Cost of Abortion: $202 Billion in Lost Taxes Per Year as of 2012 In 2008, there were over 1.2 million unborn children murdered by abortionists in the United States.  Of course these babies, unlike those who chose to abort, had no “choice”, and they would probably rather NOT have died.  I wonder if the social liberal pro-abortion types have considered all of the consequences of taking away so many lives from this nation – over 52 million lives lost since 1973? Admittedly, it is a rather cold, callous path of logic to analyze abortion in terms of economics, but let’s go there for a few moments.  Back in 1998, the late Larry Burkett, a highly-regarded author on Christian personal financial topics wrote “The George Bailey Effect:  Abortion-on-Demand and the Implications for America’s Economic Future“.  Burkett examined abortion not from the moral perspective, but its impact on the economics of the United States.  He makes a profound point:     This growing parity between the old and the young is at the heart of the demographic challenges that face Medicare and Social Security. Incredible as it may seem, by the time the peak of the baby boom generation reaches retirement age, the number of abortions since the Supreme Court’s Roe v. Wade decision will equal the number of births in the baby boom. “If only one-third of those who have been aborted were available to start work on their 18th birthday,” speculated USA Today, “the demise of Social Security would be put off for decades.”     Indeed, it is largely because of abortion-on-demand that by the year 2030 the...

Auschwitz and Abortion: An Echo of History (2011)

Auschwitz and Abortion: An Echo of History By Brad Mattes, MBS Auschwitz. The name alone stirs up emotions of anguish and horror. It’s the place of unspeakable cruelty and depravity. More than sixty years later, passions continue to run as deeply now as they did when the atrocities first unfolded. The Nazis changed the name of this little town in Southern Poland from Oswiecim to Auschwitz. It is here they built one of the most notorious concentration/slave-labor camps in the world. Less than two miles outside the village is the death camp called Birkenau—also known as Auschwitz 2. During a three-country, ten-day European lecture tour this fall, I visited Auschwitz and Birkenau. After the tours I, along with other international pro-life leaders, spoke about the parallels between the Nazi holocaust and abortion. Twice a day, able-bodied men and women were marched through the famous Auschwitz gate bearing the words Arbeit Macht Frei—Freedom Through Work, to Birkenau and surrounding areas to perform back-breaking slave labor that killed countless people. When prisoners died on the job, cruel Nazi soldiers forced the remaining workers to carry them back to camp. The prisoners were counted before leaving camp, and the same number had to return—dead or alive. Daily food rations were enough to keep a mouse alive, but it’s doubtful the vermin would have wanted to eat it. Often times the gruel that accompanied a stale piece of bread was mixed with sawdust. This, combined with sanitary conditions that would turn your stomach, were a recipe for rampant illness, the most common was diarrhea. Men and women were housed in segregated barracks that...

Some Basic Facts – a Primer on Pro-Life Arguments (Dec 2010)

We all hear frequently that … human life must be respected from conception to natural death. Yet most of us have friends, family or co-workers who don’t see things this way. They seem to be basically good people and not some sort of moral monsters. How can this be? Some people are confused or have been misinformed about some basic facts. Men may believe that because women are the ones most intimately affected by pregnancy and abortion, they aren’t entitled to make judgments about whether it is right or wrong or to limit women’s access to it. After all, it is the woman’s body. Some think that permissive abortion laws are something women want and that such laws are necessary to help women attain equality. Some are troubled by the very real sacrifices women may be required to make to bring an unwanted pregnancy to term, especially in a society that does very little to help poor women and their children. Some may agree … that it is morally wrong, but question whether it should be made illegal, either because they think we shouldn’t legislate morality or because they think outlawing it would result in bad consequences. In this series of articles, I will clarify some facts and reply to some common pro-choice arguments. I begin by trying to clear away some common confusions about pregnancy and fetal development and explain why it is correct to say that what is growing in the woman’s womb is a new individual human being. Science here strongly supports the pro-life position. First of all, the zygote, embryo, or fetus is NOT a...

Nancy's Story: Before I Had Time to Think, It Was Over

One Woman's Story of Rape, Unwanted Abortion, Acceptance and Healing In this excerpt from The Jericho Plan, one woman shares her story of coerced abortion after rape and how she is healing from the pain of this experience. In 1973 I became pregnant from a date rape. I had tried to hide it from my parents, but of course they found out. Then the pressure started. “How are you going to go to college with a baby?” “How are you going to support it?” “It is only a blob of blood. It’s not a baby yet.” Before I had time to think about what I wanted, the abortion was over. The abortion itself was like a living hell. I thought my guts were being pulled out. It was degrading, and I was terrified. When it was over, something made me ask the doctor, “Was it a boy or a girl?” He answered, “I can’t tell. It’s in pieces.” The counseling consisted of throwing some birth control pills at me. It’s so hard to put into words how the abortion affected me. Looking back and knowing what I know now, I realize that I was going through almost classic post-abortion syndrome. I slept with anyone and everyone. I engaged in unprotected sex, and each month when I wasn’t pregnant, I would go into a deep depression. I was rebellious. I wanted my parents to see what I had become. I dropped out of college. I tried suicide, but I didn’t have the guts to slit my wrists or blow my brains out. I couldn’t get my hands on sleeping pills,...

Adoption is a Positive Action

By TOM COOK and ROBERT MARTIN Last Monday night, Channel 42, the local CBS affiliate, aired a sitcom titled "Rules of Engagement." Promotions for the show aired in many commercial breaks during the Alabama-Florida game and throughout the preceding week. In the promo, a couple discuss attending an adoption fair and the reluctant husband says that because there was not going to be food at the fair, he "won't buy one of their used babies." The storyline had little to do with adoption and more to do with the purchase of a rug. However, the quote, used as a "shock" statement to entice viewers, was insensitive and inappropriate. Such language, broadcast nationwide, adds to the many negative prejudices and misconceptions surrounding one of the most compassionate and loving of all human actions: adoption. Words convey important messages. Words not only convey facts, they also evoke feelings. For example, when the husband in "Rules of Engagement" says he "won't buy one of their used babies," this suggests that birthmothers are selling infants and have no emotional bond to the child. We know from many years of involvement in the field of adoptions and child welfare, nothing could be farther from the truth. Accurate adoption language can stop the spread of such misconceptions. When the media and members of society use accurate adoption language, we educate others about adoption. There are so many examples of inappropriate, inaccurate language that reinforce societal prejudice about adoption. For instance, the term "birth mother" is a much more accurate term than "real mother" or "natural mother." To "give up a child for adoption" suggests that...

Responding to: How Dare You Compare Abortion to The Holocaust or Slavery? (2010)

Responding to: How Dare You Compare Abortion to The Holocaust or Slavery? (2010) I have heard many people cry foul whenever any pro-lifer uses the Jewish Holocaust or slavery in America as a comparison to abortion. Many times at my talks someone will scold me during question-and-answer time, claiming to be offended that I would use such a comparison. The problem they have is not really the fact that a comparison is being made to one of these horrific tragedies; after all, we build museums, memorials and reminders of what happened to make sure something like the Jewish Holocaust will never happen again.  The problem really is that we have elevated what they consider to be a blob of tissue to personhood status. If comparison in and of itself were the problem, then we would not go to such great lengths to educate society about what happened.  The reason places like Auschwitz are open for the public is to guarantee that we understand the horror of what took place in the death camps. This is precisely the reason we use such imagery.  We want to the world to understand that what makes us so sick about Jewish Holocaust is precisely what makes us sick about the Abortion Holocaust.  We talk about the Dred Scott Supreme Court Decision because we want people to see that Roe v. Wade is just as despicable. The same reason these people are so upset about pro-lifers using these comparisons is the very reason we use them: personhood.  We have a duty to use the tools that history has given us to educate future generations...

The Dream Hijacked (2010)

Martin Luther King’s dream has been hijacked. By whom, you ask? You decide. The Civil Rights Movement has been described, not as a movement about blacks and whites, but as a movement that was about right and wrong and freedom and justice. Blacks and whites alike fought and died together. They fought against laws that denied rights to blacks because of the color of their skin. Some, such as Viola Liuzzo, died because of the stand she took. Others were assasinated where they stood, because of the stand they took. When Martin Luther King, Jr. gave the now famous I Have a Dream speech, he and the 200,000 standing with him were standing for the removal of laws that denied personhood and equal protection to blacks. As I remember it, he and those with him were fighting for hope and justice for all, and it was not a movement that was behavior driven, but was driven by the laws of the land. So when I was confronted, for the second time, with the idea that because I am pro-life, I cannot lay claim to the legacy of the Civil Rights movement, I was stunned. Some want me to believe that my having grown up and survived in Jim Crow America does not count. According to those who say they are continuing the civil rights fight, the legacy is only available to those who want the government in their lives, taking care of them, as Al Sharpton said on August 28, 2010. My memory is so very different from that. I recall the movement as one that asked the Government...

Commentary: Are Children the Enemy of Productivity? (2010)

Comment: The barren Left argues that children are a nuisance and a distraction. The truth is that men and women with children are more, not less, productive than their childless counterparts. Steve Mosher Cyril Connolly once said that “there is no more somber enemy of good art than the pram in the hallway.”  Connelly is here suggesting that the distractions implicit in rearing a child will undercut an artist's attempt to create, so children are to be avoided insofar as possible. I have long believed that Connelly is wrong in opposing children to art.  So I was pleasantly surprised, recently, to see my view validated by Frank Cottrell Boyce, a successful British screenwriter, novelist and actor.  Boyce's article, entitled “The Parent Trap: Art After Children” and appearing in Britain's Guardian, makes the case that children, far from inhibiting or destroying an artist's creativity, are actually a creative boon.  He has this to say about fatherhood and art: What is "me", if not the sum of all my relationships and obligations? A customer, that's what. The more you give, the more you are. Think of Chekhov, with his patients and his crowds of dependent relatives, whose living room became such a public space that he had to put up no smoking signs. His advice to young writers was "travel third class". Ralph Waldo Emerson's was to "buy carrots and turnips" … There's a belief that to do great work you need tranquility and control, that the pram is cluttering up the hallway; life needs to be neat and tidy. This isn't the case. Tranquility and control provide the best conditions...

Interview: My Mom's Abortion Failed, So I'm Alive to Talk About It (2010)

Abortion kills a living child.  But this simple fact is often too easy to ignore since the victims of abortion – even when they survive – rarely ever speak about it.  But one victim who did survive an abortion and who is set to address the Canadian March for Life Youth Conference this May 14 (2010) in Ottawa recently shared her thoughts about the issue… "It is the very problem of abortion, itself, which is typically shrouded in secrecy and ends the life of the very person who could share the truth with the world, that makes statistically examining abortion so difficult," Melissa Ohden told LSN.   Ohden’s biological mother had an early induction abortion in 1977. However, Melissa was later born alive – a not uncommon occurrence in this type of abortion – and showed too many signs of life to go unnoticed by nurses attending the abortion.    According to a 2007 UK study on abortions due to diagnosed disability, babies continue to struggle for life after being forced from the womb in 1 of 30 cases. The study said the children, sometimes gasping for breath and crying weakly, survive for an average of 80 minutes – with some clinging to life for as long as six hours.  Most of the children were aborted between 20 and 24 weeks' gestation. "The sheer number of survivors really is overwhelming," Ohden told LSN. During her travels speaking on the subject, Ohden said she continues "to learn of more and more children like me" who have survived an attempt on their life in the womb. "Unfortunately, they have faced their own...

Herded Like Cattle, Treated Like Dirt: "This Wasn't Really Counseling At All" (2010)

How many near to us are at risk or hurt? "I wanted so badly to talk to someone, maybe someone would say, 'Don't do it, I will help you.' … instead I was herded into a room with about 10 other girls like cattle." Certain themes run through the stories from women who've been there. Young women or vulnerable couples seeking answers, information or assistance are instead pressured, deceived or funneled toward a "one-choice" system. The research supports this. One study clearly exposed the prevalence and synergy of coercion, showing that most felt rushed or uncertain yet were given no counseling or inadequate and often false information. [ed. This has been repeatedly shown through the video and audio expose' series of Lila Rose…] SueAnn's abortion took place when she was a teen. It is not indicative of "choice" that phrases like "no time for questions," "herded like cattle" or simply "shut up" come up often in the stories of women of all ages and from all walks of life. Their realities don't fit the sanitized mantra of "choice." SueAnn's story below is one of many that reflect systemic abuse of power. Following this section, we offer links to ads and materials you can use to educate and challenge leaders in a holistic and compassionate way about abortion's exploitation of women, men and families at risk. ~~~~~ SueAnn's Story I was sent to the Family Planning Center for help. Well, they helped me all right, so much so they had me booked in for an abortion the next day. Their reasons were I could not take care of myself let...