The United States Supreme Court decided the case of Roe v. Wade on January 22, 1973, the decision legalized abortion. A second case, Doe v. Bolton, made abortion legal anytime during a pregnancy, right up until the baby is delivered. In the U.S. today, 25% of all pregnancies end in abortion, which equals 1.2 million abortions every year. Worldwide approximately 42 million abortions occur every year.
Abortion is an elective medical procedure that intentionally ends a pregnancy before the baby is born alive.
According to the Alan Guttmacher Institute, 43% of US women under the age of 45 will have at least one abortion.
Abortion leads to post abortion stress in many women and men who participate in the procedure. Abortion is one of the most common surgical procedures in the United States.
The majority (57%) of women having abortions are in their 20s, fewer than 1% are younger than 15, while 16% are aged 15–19.
African American women of child-bearing age make up about 12% of the U.S. population but have about 38% of all abortions. In the last 36 years, over 17 million African American babies have died by abortion.
13% of abortion patients say they are “born-again or evangelical Christians,” 43% are Protestant, and 27% are Catholic.
When are abortions performed?
89% of all abortions are performed during the first 12 weeks of pregnancy
10% occur during the 13th week through the 20th
Approximately 13,310 abortions occur after the 21st week each year
Why are abortions performed?
1% of abortions are for rape/incest victims
3% of abortions are because genetic testing has revealed that the unborn baby has a fetal anomaly
3% of abortions are performed due to the health of the mother—the reason most often cited for needing legalized abortion
93% of the abortions performed annually are considered ‘elective’
65% of Women report some level of pressure or coercion by family, friends, employers, institutions of learning, or sexual predators into having abortions.
Parents threaten to kick the girl out of the home
Boyfriends and husbands may threaten to leave
Women are told by well-meaning friends that having a baby will ruin their lives and they simply have to have an abortion
A new study shows parents of kids with disabilities who may have received suggestions to have an abortion of their baby before birth are battling back against that abortion culture thanks in part to social networking web sites.
"Shock can’t even begin to describe my feeling when I first counseled on late-term day. These girls are SO pregnant!” Kelly Clinger, Silent No More Awareness Campaign Spokesperson and former background singer for Britney Spears, tells us how shocked she was by what she saw that day in Orlando.
It is people who are supposed to be adult spiritual leaders, taking action that is destructive and has eternal consequences on the lives of others. The agenda is aggressive and as single-minded as a hammer-bearing six-year-old.
Pro-life physicians, pharmacists and their supporters gathered recently with Gov. Brownback for the ceremonial signing of the new Healthcare Rights of Conscience law, a top priority for Kansans for Life.
After our article, "After-Birth Abortions???" was published in our April NewsBrief, people were flabbergasted by the premise of the article that promoted infanticide for babies after they were born. The authors of the story coined the term ‘after-birth abortions’ to describe their proposition.
In the implementation and requirements of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, three critical elements of it connect with the mission of Anglicans for Life and now require this ministry to address it.
Since the passing of Roe v. Wade in 1973 some 50 million babies have been aborted in the U.S. and many women bear the emotional scars of decisions that were made in the heat of the moment without proper regard for long-range consequences.
Dr. Briane Turley is passionate about great art and can easily lose myself in great art museums for hours on end until frustrated docents track me down and shoo me toward the door. And so it is that recently the grand artistry underscored throughout the Bible but uniquely explained by the Psalmist that attracted my attention in ways I previously had failed to apprehend.
Many of you have contacted AFL wanting clarification concerning Planned Parenthood’s funding, the services they provide in relation to abortion, and their political activity. We gladly provided the facts and decided it may be helpful to share the information here as well.
In the abortion debate, we often hear that pro-lifers do not care about the woman. But life-affirming groups like AFL are leading the way helping mothers and infants and helping post-abortive women and men find healing.
Israel’s Chief Rabbis sent a letter to all of the nation’s rabbis urging them to teach on the "biblical prohibition to kill fetuses in their mothers' wombs." Yona Metzger and Shlomo Amar also called on the Israeli public to fight the “abortion epidemic” in the country.
Georgette came up with ten reasons why abortion is bad for women and decided it would be good to share them with you, so you too can help people understand that in addition to the baby dying in an abortion, women also suffer.
Prenatal testing does have its valid uses and applications, but the temptation to misuse it is a serious one, so the decision to carry out such testing must be made very carefully, and within in a limited set of circumstances.
The Washington Post published a lengthy article on how Nebraska’s law prohibiting almost all abortions after 20 weeks is based on the Supreme Court’s decision upholding the federal ban on partial-birth abortion. The article cites anonymous abortion advocates as saying that a court challenge to the law will likely come when another state passes it.
Women in underdeveloped nations are paid up to $200 dollars to carry a baby up to the optimum eight to 12 week period when the fetuses are “harvested” for their stem cells which are then sold to exclusive cosmetic clinics.
When we heard about the task force being formed to research the declining population in the Church, we laughed and when we realized that the Episcopal Church chose to uphold the sanctity of abortion, we cried.
The Silent No More Awareness Campaign that is co-sponsored by Anglicans for Life found itself in the middle of a Twitter controversy that was written about in an op-ed piece for the Washington Times focusing on those promoting abortion and challenging them to visit SilentNoMoreAwareness.org and read testimonies of thousands of men and women who have had abortion experiences and suffered with regret.
British psychiatric findings come as reports are circulating in the United States that the American Psychological Association may be on the verge of reiterating its view that abortion has no significant mental health impacts.
The Campaign is sponsored by Anglicans for Life and Priests for Life. Since officially launching the Silent No More Awareness Campaign in 2003, 4,641 women and men have shared their abortion testimonies.
October is breast cancer awareness month and we want you to know about the latest study which found that a woman who has an abortion faces a 193% increased risk of breast cancer. Komen for the Cure is "fighting to stop breast cancer," but gave $7.5 million to the Planned Parenthood abortion business in 2009.
Dr. Miriam Grossman, M.D., recently said, “I’m on a one-woman mission to expose the falsehood of PP’s claims that their sexual health education is not comprehensive or medically accurate; to the contrary, this eminent, federally-funded organization endangers lives by withholding critical biological truths.”
Planned Parenthood is a billion-dollar organization with nearly $350 million of government funding. Do we really want to subsidize an organization that gives women in need atrocious misinformation and predatory abortion practices?
The National Cancer Institute (NCI) workshop in 2003 that persuaded women that it was “well established” that “abortion is not associated with increased breast cancer risk,” has reversed her position and now admits that abortion and oral contraceptives raise breast cancer risks.
African American women have 40 percent of the nation’s abortions, but make up only 13 percent of the population. That black children are being aborted at such a high rate has not been a subject of discussion among the Democrats in the Congress and the White House, who insist on leaving the door open for abortion funding in the health care bill.
In the end, the form of oppression we call abortion bears striking likeness to grinding oppression and sexual slavery. Women with child, left without support, particularly by the fathers, are our widows. Their unborn children are our fatherless. In every act of abortion, the fatherless child is killed while the widow is sexually exploited. Legally. Over one million times each year.
While studying social welfare in college, Noelle Moll began a practicum at a Kansas City drug and alcohol rehabilitation center. Frustrated with the ineffectiveness of secular therapy, she turned her studies to Christian Counseling and received a degree in Scriptural Psychology from Faith Bible College in Independence, Missouri. She is a board member of Anglicans for Life and President of Life 4 All Ministries. www.Life4AllMinstries.org
Kenya Prime Minister Raila Odinga visited All-Saints Cathedral of Nairobi to convince the Anglican Church’s members to endorse the referendum to approve the draft constitution that gives direction as to circumstances under which abortion may be permitted.
Feminists have a “deep commitment to girls.” But their commitment does not center on protecting the chastity of girls. Instead, they focus on freeing girls to compete with boys. And that depends on their being “sexually liberated.”
On the 35th anniversary of Roe v. Wade, our country is on the brink of abandoning its commitment that abortion will be safe, legal, and available if and when it is needed. The U.S. Supreme Court’s Gonzales v. Carhart opinion and the ‘fetal personhood’ passed in 17 states are sounding the death knell for the landmark constitutional decision.
Controversy has dogged the maternal health goal since heads of state established it at the Millennium Summit in 2000. The heads of state explicitly rejected language used by many Western countries to mean abortion, despite intense lobbying for its inclusion at that time and at the subsequent 2005 follow up summit. Panelists last week criticized the World Health Organization (WHO) for insisting that as long as an abortion is legal, it would always be considered "safe”.
A new report abandons statistics fiercely defended just months ago. In April, an independent research team showed that UN leaders had for years inflated the number of maternal deaths to a half-million worldwide.
The new UN report mirrors the independent study, putting the number around 350,000 and falling. The change highlights the tension between the UN's dual roles in research and policy making, as one researcher told of jetting overnight to make statistics match policy.
“With the decline in births, there are fewer young people that productively enter the working world,” Tedeschi explained. At the same time, he said, “there are many more elderly people that leave the system of production and become a cost for the collective,” increasing social welfare costs that a shrinking proportion of taxable young workers will have to sustain.
If you close your eyes and picture a housewife with a bucket of hot water and a bristle brush, scrubbing away at her front doorstep, the small line of type at the lower corner of your imagination reads “The Netherlands.” That’s the Dutch: tidy, polite, reasonable and compassionate.
The lyrics to Nick Cannon's song, "Can I Live?" tell the true story of Nick's mom, who was pregnant with him when she was only 17. She considered abortion and even went to an abortion facility. Luckily, she chose life. After reading the words, be sure to check out the video.
Chuck Colson, founder of Prison Fellowship Ministries, uses the story of William Wilberforce, and his life-long battle against slavery in the 18th century, to encourage readers to continue in the pro-life movement.
Finally, after 18 years of living my life in the den of denial, I faced the reality of what I had done as a 16-year-old. I faced the baby I had aborted, and the full impact of what I had done finally filled my heart with overwhelming sorrow and regret. I longed to hold her, but all I could do was weep and mourn for the life I would never know.
Perinatal Hospice is an alternative to abortion for those who have been told their children won’t survive after birth. For more information or to find out about developing a perinatal hospice contact CMC at 800-879-7451.
PROJECT LIFE was originally produced by Anglicans for Life and has been modified for use within Catholic parishes and study groups by the CPLC, The Catholic Pro-Life Committee, Respect Life Ministry of the Diocese of Dallas, Texas.
Catholic Pro-Life Committee
Respect Life Ministry of the Diocese of Dallas
Phone: 972-267-5433 (LIFE)
Email: cplc@ prolifedallas.org www.prolifedallas.org
Designed for youth ministers, parents, and teachers, this booklet provides discussion topics, with facts, stats, and studies concerning abstinence, STDs, eating disorders, and includes parenting resources.
After an abortion, many women and men suffer with Post Abortion Syndrome (PAS). Who is at risk? How can you help someone? Here is what to say...and not to say...to someone and a resource and referral list for post abortion healing.
Every heart needs to know the forgiveness of the cross. We want you to know what to say when you hear, "I had an abortion five years ago and now I need help."
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PROJECT LIFE is the first-ever adult education series focused on life issues and how every Anglican Church needs to get involved in upholding the sanctity of every human life.
No other organization has produced a life-affirming curriculum presenting biblical truths about life issues. Our Leader's Guide has step-by-step instructions to help you guide your class participants through the 8-week DVD series, Bible study, group discussion, and action items.
With every Leader's Guide, you get one, free Participant Handbook.
Georgette Forney, President of Anglicans for Life, shares what she has learned from her abortion experience and from the experiences of other women. (Also includes data from numerous studies on the effects of abortion on women.)
PRAYER FOR LIFE
Lord God, thank You for creating human life in Your image.
Thank You for my life and the lives of those I love.
Thank You for teaching us through Scripture the value You place on life.
Help me to uphold the sanctity of life in my church and community.
Give me the strength to stand up to those forces
that seek to destroy the lives of those most vulnerable,
the unborn, the infirm and the elderly.
Today I commit myself never to be silent, never to be passive, never to be forgetful of respecting life.
I commit myself to protecting and defending the sacredness of life
according to Your will, through Christ our Lord. Amen.Anglicans for Life405 Frederick AvenueSewickley, PA 15143