Immediate Release 5/3/01
Post-Abortive Women To Overturn Roe v Wade
(Springfield, IL)--The Elliot Institute has joined a national effort
to give post-abortive women a voice in the federal courts. According to
Dr. David Reardon, director of the Elliot Institute and a nationally recognized
expert on post-abortion complications, "This is a great opportunity, through
legal affidavits, for women to provide testimony to the federal courts,
and ultimately to the Supreme Court, regarding the devastating effects
abortion has had on their lives."
Thousands of affidavits from post-abortive women are being gathered
in which women describe how they were either pressured into unwanted abortions,
misinformed about risks, or suffered emotionally or physically after their
abortions. These affidavits will be used in a series of legal challenges
in state and federal courts. They are being collected by several
cooperating organizations, including the National Foundation For Life and
the Texas Justice Foundation.
The affidavits will be used as part of a new woman-centered legal challenge
to Roe v Wade. According to Allan Parker, an attorney who founded
the public interest law firm Texas Justice Foundation, "The federal law
on abortion dictated by the Supreme Court has been a disaster for women.
Rather than advancing the rights of women, it has actually made it easier
for women to be pressured or misled into undergoing unnecessary and unsafe
As part of this court challenge, the Texas Justice Foundation is also
representing Norma McCorvey, who was the "Roe" of Roe v. Wade and Sandra
Cano who was the "Doe" of Doe v. Bolton. Both of these ladies, on
whose behalf the Supreme Court struck down all state laws governing abortion,
will be petitioning the High Court to reverse its rulings in these cases.
"I encourage women, " says Reardon, "especially those who feel they
were exploited, hurt, or misled about their abortions, to take the time
to fill out one of these affidavits. It can even be filed with only
their initials, if they need to remain anonymous. These affidavits,
combined with new research documenting abortion's complications, will expose
the myth upon which Roe v. Wade was built: the myth that abortion helps
Blank copies of the affidavits and instructions are available on the
internet at www.operationoutcry.org
or by calling, toll free, 1-877-247-7582. Women who have not had
abortions are also encouraged to join in a friend of the court brief in
support of other women.
Elliot Institute -- Amy Sobie (217) 525-8202
Texas Justice Foundation -- Susan Renne (210) 614-7157