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!
What’s in the Box:
- 50 We Need Legal Abortion* Cards
- What Has Roe Done Flyers
- What Has Roe Done Talking Points
- Abortion is Proof Society is Failing Women Flyer
- Women Betrayed Post Cards
*This postcard is not advocating for legal abortion. The wording is meant to be eye-catching and encourage someone to read the information that might otherwise not. The information on this card debunks the myths that legal abortion is necessary.
How to use the Box:
Pick a date in time to host a tabling event or speaker. Use the flyers provided to advertise what the group is planning. Set up a polling table asking students, “Did Roe v. Wade help women?” Use the poll to jumpstart conversations with people about their opinion of the case. Hand out postcards to people as they pass by if they do not stop to take the poll.
Before you host a polling table, make sure you request an Apologetics Trainings with your Regional Coordinator. If you would like additional post cards, ask your Regional Coordinator for more!
- If you are a student in CA or NV, please contact Emily Wilkinson.
- If you are a student in OR, WA, ID, MT, HI, AK, ND, or SD, please contact Lisa Atkins.
- If you are a student in CO, NM, WY, UT, or AZ, please contact Lo Castillo.
- If you are a student in MI, IN, or OH, please contact R.J. McVeigh.
- If you are a student in VA, MD, DC, PA, or DE, please contact Michele Hendrickson.
- If you are a student in KY, TN, or WV, please contact Brenna Hartwell
- If you are a student in VT, CT, NH, MA, RI or ME, please contact Jane Riccardi.
- If you are a student in NE, KS, IL, MO, or IA, please contact Reagan Nielsen.
- If you are a student in OK or TX, please contact Katie Martin.
- If you are a student in NY or NJ, please contact Keri Landeche.
- If you are a student in GA, FL, SC, or NC, please contact Ryan Eyrich.
- If you are a student in WI or MN, please contact Maddie Schulte.
- If you are a student in AL, MS, LA, AR, or PR, please contact David Hesketh.
If you are a college student, click here.
**SFLA Resources are only available to active high school or college student groups. If you are a youth minister or community member, please email [email protected] for other options.