70 Pro-Life Groups issue joint letter to oppose punishing Women who have had abortions.
As the Supreme Court is soon to overturn Roe vs. Wade, abortion activists are suggesting that women who have had abortions will now be criminalized.
However, leaders of 70 pro-life groups have united to clarify that the mother is a another victim in abortion.
Life News explains that, “Safe, legal” abortions often kill or injure women. Many women feel pressured or coerced into having an abortion, studies show. In other cases young women are not properly taught how their developing child is really a human being, a unique baby with a right to life rather than a clump of cells.
The accountability lies with the abortionist — who brings a termination to the life of the baby in the womb.
To ensure the safety of women, dozens of pro-life groups across America today are uniting together to oppose future abortion bans that criminalize women. They hope pro-life laws make abortions illegal and target the abortionists and abortion pill sellers.
“There are two victims in every abortion: the unborn child who loses her life, and her mother who is left abandoned by the abortion industry to deal with any physical complications, as well as the emotional and psychological pain of the abortion trauma for months or even years to come,” said Carol Tobias, president of National Right to Life. “This joint letter recognizes that women who have abortions require our compassion and support, not criminalization.”
In their joint letter, the organizations stated:
As national and state pro-life organizations, representing tens of millions of pro-life men, women, and children across the country, let us be clear: We state unequivocally that any measure seeking to criminalize or punish women is not pro-life and we stand firmly opposed to such efforts.
If the Supreme Court does overturn Roe v. Wade, they will be honoring the unambiguous division of powers described in the Constitution, returning abortion policymaking back to our elected state and federal legislators. This will be a tremendous opportunity for states to create durable policy that can stand the test of time. But in seizing that opportunity, we must ensure that the laws we advance to protect unborn children do not harm their mothers.
We are America’s leading advocates for life. We come from very different backgrounds and perspectives, but we are united in our mission to protect unborn children and American women from the greed of the abortion industry. We have been in this fight for decades – many of us have dedicated our lives to this cause. We understand better than anyone else the desire to punish the purveyors of abortion who act callously and without regard to the dignity of human life. But turning women who have abortions into criminals is not the way.
“Today, as a movement, we call on state legislators to act with love and compassion toward women who have abortions and to enact policies that strengthen the life-affirming resources for abortion-vulnerable women in their states,” Tobias added.
Sources: LifeNews and the FULL TEXT letter from the pro-life groups: www.nrlc.org/uploads/communications/051222coalitionlettertostates.pdf