Commentary: What Words Sum Up Abortion? Unwanted. Unsafe. Unfair.

It’s actually easy to increase public awareness about abortion’s dangers because polls show that over 90% of people already believe that abortion causes moderate to severe emotional harm. Most people who believe abortion should be legal also believe it is an ugly experience. Yet, they tolerate abortion because they believe it can somehow improve women’s lives. They have heard this repeated over and over for years; but, they are also concerned about how abortion can hurt women. This means that the vast majority of the public is open to a deeper understanding of how harmful abortion really is. That is why it is so important to increase public awareness of both post-abortion trauma and post-abortion healing opportunities. Even the Supreme Court is Reading our Evidence Our studies are even impacting Supreme Court rulings, as happened in Gonzales v. Carhart, the Court’s last major ruling on abortion. Now our studies are before the Supreme Court again. They are being prominently cited in briefs defending the 2014 Texas law, known as HB2. In fact, in oral arguments last month, the Solicitor General of Texas told Justice Ginsburg to specifically look at the briefs citing our studies because they demonstrate “that abortion complications are under-reported.” Abortion is not safer than childbirth, a lie that Ginsburg has uncritically swallowed. We must continue to provide lawyers, judges and lobbyists with the medical research that exposes the lies and exaggerations of abortionists. Do you have a loved one who has struggled with a past abortion? Every week, thousands of women and men come to our web sites to learn more about how to find help...

Rape, Incest and Abortion: Searching Beyond the Myths

“How can you deny an abortion to a twelve-year-old girl who is the victim of incest?” Typically, people on both sides of the abortion debate accept the premise that most women who become pregnant through sexual assault want abortions. From this “fact,” it naturally follows that the reason women want abortions in these cases is because it will help them to put the assault behind them, recover more quickly, and avoid the additional trauma of giving birth to a “rapist’s child.” But in fact, the welfare of a mother and her child are never at odds, even in sexual assault cases. As the stories of many women confirm, both the mother and the child are helped by preserving life, not by perpetuating violence. Sadly, however, the testimonies of women who have actually been pregnant through sexual assault are routinely left out of this public debate. Many people, including sexual assault victims who have never been pregnant, may be forming opinions based on their own prejudices and fears rather than the real life experiences of those people who have been in this difficult situation and reality. For example, it is commonly assumed that rape victims who become pregnant would naturally want abortions. But in the only major study of pregnant rape victims ever done prior to this book, Dr. Sandra Mahkorn found that 75 to 85 percent did not have abortions. This figure is remarkably similar to the 73 percent birth rate found in our sample of 164 pregnant rape victims. This one finding alone should cause people to pause and reflect on the presumption that abortion is wanted or...