March Event-in-a-Box: What has Roe Done?
During the month of March, we celebrate women and their historical accomplishments. Women have played a crucial role in our advancement of society and women’s rights. But, the legalization of abortion is not one of these cases. On January 22, 1973, seven men on the U.S. Supreme Court struck down more than 30 state bans on abortion, and legalized abortion in all nine months of pregnancy, for whatever reason, across the United States. Although it is seen as a “triumph for women” by abortion advocates, we are asking the question, “Did it really help women?” Regardless of whether you know their names, these historic decisions, Roe v. Wade and Doe v. Bolton, have affected our lives. Abortion advocates argue that legal abortion is necessary for women’s liberation, but what has Roe really done for women’s rights?
This month, we want you to educate your peers about the affect the legalization of abortion has really had on our society.
Consider just the impact that abortion has on a woman’s health:
- Suicide rates among aborting women are six times higher compared to those who give birth and two times higher compared to those have a miscarriage.[i]
- Abortion increases the risk of placenta previa in later pregnancies by 30%. (Placenta Previa can lead to life-threatening hemorrhages before and after birth.)[ii]
- Abortion increases the risk for breast cancer. (At least 53 out of 68 worldwide studies demonstrate this fact. One of the most prominent of these was conducted by the U.S. National Cancer Institute, which found that the risk of breast cancer was 50% higher among those who had an abortion.)[iii]
- Increased risk for pre-term delivery in future pregnancies. (Pre-term delivery significantly increases the risk of infant death and disabilities such as cerebral palsy.)[iv]
Roe v. Wade and Doe v. Bolton have left more than 40 years of devastation in their wake. Legalizing abortion did not help women. The pro-abortion scare tactics that thousands of women will die when abortion is made illegal are false. The majority of pre-Roe abortions were not committed in back-alleys and the abortion industry has admitted that it made up the myth that tens of thousands of women died every year from illegal abortion. When abortion is illegal again, there will not be an epidemic of women dying from abortion.
There is nothing safe about legal abortion. Abortion will always be dangerous for women and bad for their health. Roe has done nothing to change that. Legal abortion has not made abortion clean or safe. Abortionists like Kermit Gosnell and Douglas Karpen are butchering women in dirty facilities. They are the norm for the abortion industry, not the exceptions. Legal abortion enables men to cover up abuse of women and coerce them into having abortions. We need to be offering real support and options for women experiencing crisis pregnancies. Ask your peers these questions:
- Did Roe make abortion safe?
- Did Roe help these women?
- Does abortion exploit women?
- Who are today’s abortionists?
Click on the links below to find out how you can share the truth with your campus this March!