Open Letter Appeal to All Americans Who Care About Women Hurt By Abortion
The people who know the most about abortion--the women who have had abortions--are being ignored! They
have been there, done that, and hated it.
We know. The sponsors of this petition drive include women who have had abortions and post-abortion ministry
leaders who have cumulatively served tens of thousands of women for whom abortion has brought a living hell of
psychological or physical complications.
Whether or not you have ever been involved in an abortion, we need your help in calling public attention to the
needs of women, men, and families that have been hurt by coerced or dangerous abortions. Please sign this petition today.
Sure, abortion is always a big political issue, but the views of women who have actually had abortions are
systematically been ignored. Politicians want to argue about rights, choice, and life, but the practical impact of
abortion on the lives of women, and their loved ones, is being ignored by both major political parties.
Approximately 30 million women have had one
or more abortions. Many experienced unwanted, coerced or even forced
are struggling with a grief that cannot be publicly expressed. Many women, men
and families struggle with the loss of an authentic, fair and fully informed
choice, but above all, the loss of a child.
These 30 million voters are more likely to vote for pro-choice candidates, but not because they favor abortion, or
more government-funded abortions, or the appointment of pro-abortion judges. Instead, they gravitate toward the
candidate who says "I'm pro-choice" because they hear in this "I don't judge you, but my opponent does."
Most pro-life candidates do nothing to offset this concern. Most say nothing to reassure women that they are not
condemning those who have had abortions. Most say nothing to indicate a desire to help those struggling with grief
over a past abortion. Most say nothing about helping to prevent more women from being pressured into unwanted
A national opinion poll has shown that the majority of voters are more likely to support such a candidate. In fact,
- 63 percent of women who identify themselves as "pro-choice" say they would be more
likely to vote for a candidate who supports counseling program for women who are
struggling with post-abortion grief.
- Only 16 percent of the public believes abortion generally makes women's lives better.
Most believe abortion is generally detrimental to women and that negative psychological
effects are common and relatively severe.
Americans don't like abortion. Most would be glad to see abortion go away, as long as it can be done in a way that
helps women. Most also believe that those women who have already had abortions generally face post-abortion
problems and deserve help. But neither political party is addressing these concerns.
HELP BREAK THE SILENCE!
Whether out of ignorance, apathy, or hostility toward women who have had abortions, the Republican and
Democratic parties have both failed to acknowledge the epidemic of coerced abortion and the significant numbers
of women injured by contraindicated abortions.
Please join us in our effort to move the concerns of women hurt by abortion front-and-center in this next election
Please sign the attached petition to either or both of the political parties asking them to address the concerns of these
women in their 2004 national platform statements.
Your support is needed whether or not you have had an abortion.
Your signature is simply a sign that you care.
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