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Abortion Facts

Abortion Facts

It is imperative that pro-lifers be ready to answer questions about abortion and the risks associated with having an abortion. The below information will help you in answering these questions with provable research.



From the Alan Guttmacher Institute:

  • 926,200 abortions were performed in the U.S. in 2014
  • Nearly 4 in 10 pregnancies end in abortion.
  • 45% of women seeking an abortion have had at least one previous abortion.
  • 46% of abortions are performed on women less than 25 years of age. That breaks down to 12% on adolescents, and 34% on women ages 20-24.
  • Approximately 1/4 of American women have had an abortion by age 45. One in 20 by age 20, and one in five by age 30.
  • Abortion disproportionately affects black and Hispanic women


Dilation & Curettage (D&C)
Occasionally used through the 12th week. After dilation of the cervix, a curette is inserted into the uterus. The baby’s body is cut into pieces and extracted, often by suction. The uterine wall is then scraped to remove the placenta and confirm that the uterus is empty.

Dilation and Evacuation (D&E)
Performed up to 18 weeks. Forceps are inserted into the uterus, grabbing and twisting the baby’s body to dismember it. If the head is too large, it must be crushed in order to remove it.
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Dilation and Extraction (D&X or Partial Birth Abortion)
Performed in the 2nd and 3rd trimester. The cervix is dilated. Forceps extract the live baby by the feet until the head is just inside the cervix. Scissors then puncture the skull, allowing the abortionist to collapse it by suctioning out the contents. The dead baby is then fully removed from the mother. This method is banned in the United States.image 2

Used in the last three months of pregnancy. The womb is entered by a surgical incision in the abdominal wall, similar to a Caesarean section. However, the abdominal cord is usually cut while the baby is still in the womb, cutting off the oxygen supply and causing suffocation. Sometimes, though, the baby is delivered alive and left unattended to die.

Intracardial Injection
Performed at about four months. The chemical digoxin is injected into the baby’s heart, causing immediate death. The dead baby’s body is then reabsorbed by the mother. This method is often used as “pregnancy reduction” when a mother carrying multiples wants fewer children.

Performed during the second half of pregnancy. A hormone-like compound is injected into the muscle of the uterus causing intense contractions and pushing out the baby. The violent contractions often crush the baby to death, though many babies have been born alive using this procedure, then left to die.

Used through the seventh week of pregnancy, RU-486 is a synthetic steroid that blocks the hormone progesterone. Women then take a second drug, prostaglandin to induce contractions and expel the dead baby. Ella, another abortion drug, works in the same way.

Saline Injection
Usually performed during months four through seven. A 20% salt solution (the normal salt solution is .9%) is injected through the mother’s abdomen into the baby’s amniotic fluid. The baby ingests the solution and dies of salt poisoning, dehydration, and hemorrhaging of the brain. The baby’s skin is burned off. A dead or dying baby is delivered. A baby born alive is usually left unattended to die, though some have survived.

Suction Abortion
After dilation of the cervix, a suction curette (a tube with a serrated tip) is inserted into the uterus. The strong suction (29 times the power of a household vacuum cleaner) tears the baby’s body apart and sucks it through the hose into a container. This is the most common method of abortion in the first 12 weeks of pregnancy.


Medical Complications

  • Heavy bleeding
  • Infection
  • Incomplete abortion
  • Sepsis
  • Damage to the cervix
  • Scarring of the uterine lining
  • Uterine perforation
  • Damage to internal organs
  • Death

Emotional Complications

  • Eating disorders
  • Relationship problems
  • Guilt
  • Depression
  • Flashbacks of the abortion
  • Suicidal thoughts
  • Sexual dysfunction
  • Alcohol and drug abuse

Higher Risk of These Issues Later:

  • Breast cancer
  • Cervical, ovarian, and liver cancer
  • Placenta previa
  • Pelvic Inflammatory Disease
  • Endometritis
  • Ectopic pregnancy

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Be Confident in Your Ability to Defend the Unborn

With the abortion industry continues to fill the minds of Americans with lies, there is a critical need for reliable information about the abortion epidemic and its far-reaching consequences so that we, as pro-life supporters, can take action for the most vulnerable among us – the unborn. Each day that we remain silent, 2,500 babies die from abortion.

As a pro-life advocate, this doesn’t sit well with you. The good news is that you can do something about it.

Be Confident in Your Ability to Defend the Unborn

Being a pro-life advocate can be challenging. Our mission to defend the unborn can sometimes feel like an uphill battle because our culture has accepted the abortion agenda and has lost its respect for life.

Care Net has put together an easy way for you to be confident in your ability to defend the unborn and compassionately engage our culture about abortion – a free online course!

With more than 40 years of serving women and men at pregnancy centers across North America, the experts at Care Net have carefully put together this course to:

  • arm you with trusted facts on abortion and the industry
  • equip you to confidently and lovingly stand for the unborn

Abortion must come to an end, but the first step to make this happen is for pro-life advocates to learn how to confidently and effectively communicate the reality of abortion.(note: this is not a comprehensive training for pregnancy center professionals — for such training, click here)

Here is what people who have taken the course are saying about it:

I think this class is essential. Thank you for putting together this tangible resource so more people will choose life!”

“I liked hearing about how something as simple as getting the facts on abortion can change a person’s mind if they want to have an abortion or not.”

You can defend the unborn and compassionately engage our culture – ultimately saving more babies from abortion through the information in this free online course!

Pro-Life Quote

God has a heart for the unborn, and as His church, so should we.”
-John Lindell

Christian Biblical Perspective on Abortion

5 Lessons for Pro-Lifers from Mother Teresa

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Mother Teresa’s 5 Lessons for pro-lifers

By Alithea Williams, Society for the Protection of Unborn Children

Mother Teresa delivering Nobel Peace Prize Acceptance Speech

Mother Teresa delivering Nobel Peace Prize Acceptance Speech

This week marks the twentieth anniversary of the death of Mother Teresa, or, as she is now known to Catholics, St Teresa of Calcutta. (As with her actual death, the anniversary seems to have been rather overshadowed by that of Princess Diana!)

Mother Teresa is best known for her work among the poorest of the poor, caring for “all those people who feel unwanted, unloved, uncared for throughout society” in the slums of Calcutta. By her death in 1997 the order she founded, the Missionaries of Charity, had grown from a 13-member Calcutta congregation to more than 4,000 sisters who managed orphanages, AIDS hospices and charity centres worldwide, caring for refugees, the blind, disabled, aged, alcoholics, the poor and homeless and victims of floods, epidemics and famine.

However, she was also praised (and fiercely criticised) for her staunch opposition to abortion. She spoke up for the unborn on the biggest stages imaginable, including when she accepted her Nobel Peace Prize. She didn’t let famous people off the hook either, keeping up correspondence over many years with Hillary Clinton to try and change her mind on abortion.

So, on this twentieth anniversary of her death, what lessons does Mother Teresa have for pro-lifers today?

1) Dare to speak out

Speaking out about abortion can be hard. It is such a controversial topic, and people’s reactions can be so extreme, that we can all feel the temptation to be quiet about our beliefs, or perhaps stick to more socially acceptable causes. Mother Teresa’s main work was with the poor and hungry, and I’m sure it would have been easier for her to stick to that work and enjoy the praise she received for it. But she didn’t. She used the platform her fame had won her to speak out for the most marginalised, the unborn. When accepting her Nobel Peace Prize in 1979, she said:

“And I feel one thing I want to share with you all, the greatest destroyer of peace today is the cry of the innocent unborn child. For if a mother can murder her own child in her womb, what is left for you and for me to kill each other?”

She reiterated the sentiment at the National Prayer Breakfast in Washington, D.C, on February 5, 1994, where guests included the then President Bill Clinton, and his wife Hillary.

“But I feel that the greatest destroyer of peace today is abortion, because it is a war against the child, a direct killing of the innocent child, murder by the mother herself.”

Here, she stood in front of the most powerful people in America, if not the world, and dared to call out abortion for what is it – the killing of a child.

2) Reach out in love

However, Mother Teresa also reminds us that we must spread this truth with love. This quote is also taken from the prayer breakfast address:

“How do we persuade a woman not to have an abortion? As always, we must persuade her with love and we remind ourselves that love means to be willing to give until it hurts.”

While I’ve yet to encounter the pro-lifer of common stereotypes, who shouts “murderer!” at women seeking abortion, we can never be reminded too often that the only way to reach out to an abortion-minded woman is with love, and by offering support.

3) Recognise the real difficulties

This also means recognising the very real situations that people find themselves in. Mother Teresa knew that keeping a baby often isn’t easy – love means to be willing to give until it hurts. ​Working with people in the most unimaginable circumstances, she knew better than anyone how difficult it can be, and that a baby changes the parents’ lives beyond recognition. “So, the mother who is thinking of abortion, should be helped to love, that is, to give until it hurts her plans, or her free time, to respect the life of her child. The father of that child, whoever he is, must also give until it hurts.”

4) Do your part

This recognition requires those of us fighting for the cause to give of ourselves. Mother Teresa told the assembled VIPs in Washington what she and her sisters did to put her pro-life rhetoric into action. “We are fighting abortion by adoption — by care of the mother and adoption for her baby. We have saved thousands of lives. We have sent word to the clinics, to the hospitals and police stations: ‘Please don’t destroy the child; we will take the child.’ So we always have someone tell the mothers in trouble: ‘Come, we will take care of you, we will get a home for your child.’”

We may not be able to personally care for mothers and babies to this extent, but we should all be willing to translate our beliefs into real action – we too must give until it hurts. This could be by volunteering, or by making it known to those around you that you would help them in any difficulty, or by lobbying your MP, or simply by speaking up for your beliefs. To use another famous quote from Mother Teresa, “I alone cannot change the world, but I can cast a stone across the waters to create many ripples.”

5) The greatest destroyer of peace

Perhaps the greatest lesson Mother Teresa can give us is an understanding of just what it is we are fighting. Abortion doesn’t just kill babies and damage mothers, it affects the whole of society. It isn’t just those women and those babies that are affected, but all of us. Abortion certainly affects the fathers: “…that father is told that he does not have to take any responsibility at all for the child he has brought into the world. The father is likely to put other women into the same trouble. So abortion just leads to more abortion.” ​It also affects the entire country where abortion is permitted: “Any country that accepts abortion is not teaching its people to love, but to use any violence to get what they want. This is why the greatest destroyer of love and peace is abortion.”

There are many other causes worth fighting for, but we must never let ourselves be convinced that the pro-life fight is a side-issue, or one that affects only a small number of people. It’s not just that we care about babies, and also their mothers – we care about everyone. A final quote from the Washington address:

“Many people are very, very concerned with the children of India, with the children of Africa where quite a few die of hunger, and so on. Many people are also concerned about all the violence in this great country of the United States. These concerns are very good. But often these same people are not concerned with the millions who are being killed by the deliberate decision of their own mothers. And this is what is the greatest destroyer of peace today — abortion which brings people to such blindness.”

Tips For Getting Involved In Pro-Life

Priests for Life Media and Travels

August 7 – August 14

August 7, 2017

Please join us for an Assumption Novena for Life beginning today through August 15 and spread the word. Find the prayer at

On Saturday, September 9, 2017, Priests for Life, as well as Citizens for a Pro-Life Society and the Pro-Life Action League are calling on pro-life Americans to participate in the fifth annual National Day of Remembrance for Aborted Children to honor the gravesites of our unborn brothers and sisters. Solemn prayer vigils will be conducted at these gravesites, of which there are 52 across the United States. To learn more about how you can participate see I will be leading the service in Philadelphia where the babies are buried who were killed by abortionist Kermit Gosnell. That will be at 10am on Sept. 9, at the Laurel Hill Cemetery. We still need site leaders to organize and publicize the services at some of the sites; please see which ones are in need at

Finally, from August 28-September 5 we will conduct a Novena in honor of St. Teresa of Calcutta, see In preparation for her Feast Day I invite you to order your free Prayer to End Abortion prayer card that has been touched to a Miraculous Medal that Mother Teresa personally handed to me when I visited her in India back in 1994. Get your prayer card at


Fr. Frank Pavone

Fr. Frank Pavone
National Director

Special Appearances

Hear us on EWTN radio on Catholic Connection with Teresa Tomeo. Fr. Frank will be on with Teresa on Friday, August 11 at 8:35 am. Call-in to the live show with questions at 877-573-7825. For more information and to listen to the live show on the internet, go to

The Gospel of Life on Radio Maria: Living Out Loud

*Brand New Episodes Each Week*

Airing: Tuesday, August 8 at 6 p.m. ET and rebroadcast on Thursday, August 10 at 2 a.m. ET and Monday, August 14 at midnight ET (11 p.m. CT Sunday).  Go to to listen online.

Topic: Guest Dr. Barbara Golder is a doctor, a lawyer, a bioethicist and an author. But first and foremost, she’s a Catholic. Also, pro-life activist and journalist Cheryl Sullenger will update listeners on abortion business closings..

Ask questions on the live show at 866-333-6279 (MARY) or email us ahead of time at

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Defending Life on EWTN: Get Involved with Priests for Life

Airing: Wednesday, August 9 at 3:00 a.m. and Thursday, August 10 at 11:00 p.m.  ET. You can also stream EWTN online by going to and clicking on the “television” tab.

Topic: Janet Morana and Fr. Stephen Imbarrato advise viewers on opportunities to get involved with the pro-life work of Priests for Life.

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The Catholic View for Women on EWTN: Take it off the Shelves

Airing: Wednesday, August 9 at 11 p.m. You can also stream EWTN online by going to and clicking on the “television” tab.

Topic: Victoria Hearst, granddaughter of William Randolph Hearst, discusses the damaging influence of Cosmopolitan magazine on minors and her campaign to protect them.

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Please connect with us on Facebook and tune in to regular Facebook Live videos with Fr. Frank Pavone and Fr. Stephen Imbarrato. Please watch and share them either as they are being recorded live, or afterwards at your convenience.

Recent videos:

Fr. Frank: Happy Transfiguration

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Fr. Frank: Silence in Churches

Fr. Frank: Whom Should We Punish?

Fr. Frank: Dems and Pro-Life Candidates

Fr Stephen Imbarrato will lead a Prayer Vigil at Planned Parenthood at 9:00 AM on Thursday, August 10th at Planned Parenthood, 24 Pennacook St, Manchester, NH 03104.

Short Talk follows after at All Saints Anglican Church, 124F Hall St, Concord, NH 03301
10:15 AM – Noon Refreshments and talk on pro-life witness in NH and ending abortion.
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Winning The Fight Against Abortion


Pro-lifers are winning the fight against abortion. Here’s why.

Bradley Mattes

May 11, 2017 (LifeIssues) — This month marks my 42nd year of pro-life activism. I’d like to tell you it began when I was a year old, but that would be lying. I was in high school and did a persuasive speech on abortion.

Yesterday morning I received a Facebook message from a dear friend from the past, who in the early ’80s was known to most every pro-life advocate in the nation.

Nancyjo Mann still sports colorful hair

She asked a question that is on the minds of many pro-life Americans today.

She hit the pro-life scene with hair dyed in vibrant colors, was a member of a rock band and wore feathers in her hair. She was clearly not the typical grassroots pro-lifer.

Nancyjo Mann was the first woman to widely go public about her late-term abortion, sharing her remorse and horrific experience. The abortionist not only killed her baby, but butchered her body so badly she was never able to get pregnant again. Further, his ineptness created lifelong physical and emotional complications she deals with to this day.

Upon his first introduction to this colorful young woman, my former colleague, Dr. Jack Willke, saw the tremendous value Nancyjo and others like her would bring to the movement. Her flamboyant exterior actually enhanced her dramatic and moving message.

Through Facebook, Nancyjo asked my candid opinion regarding the effectiveness of the modern-day pro-life movement. She was concerned that we haven’t progressed. We still face many of the same issues we did back during her peak of involvement. Churches are still reluctant to take a stand on the most compelling civil rights issue of our day, not to mention the profound spiritual implications of ministering to women and men in crisis and those struggling as Nancyjo did after the abortion.

At times is seems that only a cattle prod would provide adequate motivation for Congress to liberate America’s preborn children. Judges continue to usurp the right to life of nearly 60-million children and ignore the desperate need for legislative safeguards that protect the physical and emotional needs of women who have abortions.

Nancyjo, I understand your concern, but have an altogether different viewpoint of the movement. I’m more optimistic than I’ve ever been, and the late, great Dr. and Mrs. Willke shared my enthusiasm before their deaths.

In addition to the imagery of abortion’s victims, long-used by pro-lifers, ultrasound and vivid pictures of prenatal life have flung open the window to the womb for all to peer in. This undeniable evidence has turned many hearts and minds away from so-called choice to support LIFE.

The pro-life movement has become very media-savvy. We’re more sophisticated than the days of the Willke slide set, brochures and Handbook on Abortion.  Social media is fertile ground for creative pro-life videos and still visuals. Over the last few decades, pro-life websites have sprung up like dandelions in spring, offering educational information, motivation and direction to equip others to be ambassadors for the babies. Life Issues Institute’s website has over 5,000 pages of pro-life educational information from cloning to euthanasia.

Our half-hour weekly TV program, Facing Life Head-On ran for eight seasons and was the recipient of three Regional Emmy© Awards – the first time pro-life programming has been recognized on such a prestigious level. Nancyjo Mann was a guest in one episode. Our daily radio commentary, Life Issues, is heard on close to 1,200 outlets with a weekly listening audience of over four-million — actual listeners, not potential audience.

The viral videos revealing the sale of aborted baby body parts and other undercover investigations of Planned Parenthood have been instrumental in eroding their brand. A few short years ago the idea of taking away their tax funding was a pipe dream, but now it’s a realistic possibility.

Womens resource clinics and centers offer state-of-the-art medical services and information that empower women to say yes to life, even under the most difficult circumstances.

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Never before have individual states elected more pro-life candidates and passed more life-saving legislation, which has left the other side reeling in disarray.

And then there’s America’s pro-life youth…

The contribution of talent and enthusiasm of our nation’s young people cannot be overstated. They have brought with them a boldness and professionalism that has been welcomed with open arms.

At 18, I was thankful for the Willke materials, but would have given my right arm for the technical resources and camaraderie enjoyed by today’s young pro-lifers. And they’re putting it to good use.

All of this and more causes me to truly believe that abortion is living on borrowed time, and instinctively, pro-abortion activists realize the same. But we won’t cross the finish line unless we work together, arm-in-arm to protect the most defenseless and vulnerable among us. And right now we’re experiencing the most promising time that I’ve seen in decades.

What are you doing today to help protect life? Your choices are almost endless.

Here is the episode of Facing Life Head On that featured Nancyjo’s story.

Reprinted with permission from Life Issues Institute.


Right to Life Action Coalition of Ohio’s Legal Counsel

New Statewide Right to Life Group Attracts National Support
Thomas More Society To Be 
Right to Life Action Coalition of Ohio’s Legal Counsel
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                              CONTACT: Ed Sitter President
Friday, May 5, 2017                                                                            419-353-1977
Since the announcement in March 2017, of a new statewide Right to Life organization in Ohio, Right to Life Action Coalition of Ohio, the newly formed organization has made enormous strides towards redefining the abortion and family-first strategy for this battleground state.  The group has already held two of five regional informational meetings to roll out their policy and guiding principles.
Ed Sitter, President of the organization, stressed the focus of a bottom up approach, where the grassroots will have access to decision making when it comes to legislative initiatives and dictate the education emphasis for the organization’s outreach programs.  Sitter stated, “After working extensively with the pro-life grassroots since 2012, it became increasingly evident that there was a strong desire among pro-life Ohioans to have more meaningful representation in policy and strategy decision making, and this is what the new organization will allow.”   This will be made possible through the corporate structure of the organization which will have delegates from each region and these delegates will have the opportunity to influence the direction of the organization through discussion, regular communication with the board of directors, and use of their votes to set direction.
In an exciting development, the vision of the new organization has been embraced by a leading national group, the Thomas More Society.  The not-for-profit public interest law firm is dedicated to restoring respect in law for life, family, and religious liberty. The law firm has generously offered their legal service, pro-bono, to the newly formed group and is working with the group to revamp and update their corporate documents.
“The defense of life is an honorable pursuit, and a road which we travel in tandem with the selfless souls at Right to Life Action Coalition of Ohio.  Together we will guard the lives of the pre-born, disabled and elderly, as we preserve and shield the Constitutionally granted liberties of those who speak out on their behalf,” said Tom Brejcha, president and chief counsel of the Thomas More Society.
Molly Smith, an executive committee board member noted that during two recent regional meetings, Right to Life Action Coalition of Ohio met with over 50 Christian, pro-life/pro-family leaders who represent 33 organization.  Smith said, “This 21st century approach has already taken root in several parts of the state.  Over the summer we will be meeting with pro-life and pro-family groups who have expressed an interest in participating with us in actions that will end abortion, strengthen families, and restore religious freedom.”
Thomas More Society’s vice president and general counsel Andrew Bath noted, “We are pleased to now be working with Right to Life Action Coalition of Ohio, whose mission is to promote and defend the right to life of all innocent human beings, from the time of fertilization until natural death. As legal counsel of record, the Thomas More Society will endeavor to protect their First Amendment rights and freedoms.”
RTLACO executive members are available to speak to any interested church or community group.  To arrange times and dates contact RTLACO Secretary, Diane Stover at
*Cleveland Right to Life is a member of Right to Life Action Coalition of Ohio*
Cleveland Right to Life Mission


WE believe that all human beings are made in the image of the Creator and must be respected and protected from the moment of conception until natural death. We know to be true that human rights begin when human life begins, as affirmed in the Declaration of Independence.  So as to foster a culture of life we promote and defend the right to life of all innocent human beings and reject such practices as abortion, euthanasia, infanticide, and same-sex marriage that are contrary to “the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God”.  We represent pro-life citizens from over 8 counties in the region, making our organization one of the largest pro-life organizations in the State of Ohio. We focus our efforts first and foremost at the local level to achieve local solutions and then cooperate with the state and national pro-life efforts as directed and needed.


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Pro-life Success at State Level

On Monday, Business Insider ran a thorough story on the state-by-state success of the pro-life movement in recent years. The thrust of the article is that even though Roe v. Wade still stands, abortion advocates are losing big at the state level.

Some highlights:


  • In 2016, 50 new antiabortion laws were passed in the US at the state level, bringing the total of new state laws since 2010 to 338.
  • Nationwide, the number of abortion clinics have fallen to 788 in 2014, down from 839 in 2011.
  • While the GOP won sweeping control of the national government in the 2016 election, the party also has a trifecta of control in 24 state governments.


The article focuses on how the state-by-state incremental strategy hasn’t so much “chipped away” at abortion-on-demand as it has taken a “sledgehammer” to it. From the Pain-Capable law to abortion facility regulations, Ohio has certainly been a part of that. Since 2010, abortions in Ohio have decreased 25 percent!


One of my biggest takeaways: It’s the local fight for life that matters the most. More than what happens in Washington, it is what happens here in Ohio and each of our respective counties that makes the most impact on abortion.


As we look forward to celebrating Easter this Sunday, we hope this story renews and invigorates the fight for Life that you lead in each of your communities.


Our team wishes you and your families a very blessed Easter!



Devin Scribner

Executive Director

Ohio Right to Life

88 East Broad Street, Suite 620

Columbus, Ohio 43215






The Supreme Court overturning Roe v. Wade isn’t the biggest threat to abortion rights

Rebecca Harrington

Business Insider April 10, 2017

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(Pro-life and anti-abortion activists converge in front of the Supreme Court in Washington on Jan. 27, 2017, during the annual March for Life.AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)  In the war for reproductive rights being waged across the country, antiabortion activists are winning.

Since the Supreme Court recognized abortion as a constitutional right over 40 years ago, antiabortion activists have aggressively pushed through pre-written legislation, funded antiabortion candidates, and fought (and frequently won) costly legal battles.

In short, they’ve had better ground game.

While the right to abortion remains the law of the land under the landmark ruling in Roe v. Wade, the reality for millions of women says otherwise.

As conservative former Supreme Court Chief Justice William Rehnquist described in a 1992 opinion, “Roe continues to exist, but only in the way a storefront on a western movie set exists: a mere facade to give the illusion of reality.”

President Donald Trump’s nominee for the late Justice Antonin Scalia’s empty Supreme Court seat, Neil Gorsuch, was so contentious that Republicans went “nuclear,” changing the voting rules so they could put add Gorsuch to the bench with a simple majority vote. He was sworn in on Monday, April 10, and will begin hearing cases soon.

Even if Gorsuch proves to be against abortion, the abortion supporters maintain a shaky 5-4 advantage on the court. If Trump gets to appoint another justice, the legality of abortion nationwide could be in jeopardy. But legal experts caution that much bigger threats are looming.

‘All the monetary and political incentive in the world’

In 2016, 50 new antiabortion laws were passed in the US at the state level, bringing the total of new state laws since 2010 to 338, according to data from the Guttmacher Institute.

The state-level push has been driven, according to James Owens, NARAL Pro-Choice America’s states communications director, by “well-funded” national organizations that have lobbied state legislators to systematically restrict reproductive rights.

“There’s all the monetary and political incentive in the world for these anti-choice legislators in states all across the country to continually chip away at abortion access, contraceptive coverage, and women’s equality at large,” Owens told Business Insider. “That’s part of a concerted effort that we’ve seen over the last 20 years, and unfortunately, it doesn’t show any signs of slowing down.”

Roe continues to exist, but only in the way a storefront on a western movie set exists: a mere facade to give the illusion of reality.

The National Right to Life Committee, one of the largest and oldest antiabortion organizations, prominently displays a quote from Kansas Governor Sam Brownback on its website that describes the apparent antiabortion game plan.

“The place you change America isn’t in Washington. It’s in the states,” Brownback said at the 2015 NRLC Convention. “That’s how we’ll change the life debate. It will be at the state level. Different states doing this, making very positive key changes until it can migrate to the federal level. And a court case can get up to the Supreme Court and Roe v. Wade be overturned, which will ultimately happen. We have to keep pushing at these state levels.”

Sue Swayze Liebel, the coordinator for the Susan B. Anthony List’s National Pro-life Women’s Caucus, told Business Insider that state legislatures have significant power to regulate abortion by writing laws to curtail the practice locally. The Caucus is a coalition of 150 female state legislators who oppose abortion and try to pass legislation restricting it in their 40 states.

“Even though Roe v. Wade is the law of the land, there are some ways that Roe allows states to put some parameters around abortion,” Liebel told Business Insider. “The passion to protect life is growing. You’re seeing that in state regulations to pull back the abortion industry. … The power is in the states, and the passion is in the states, and it sort of bubbles up.”

The laws ‘eroding the foundation’

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Abortion Clinics Per State 2014 BI Graphics

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The state-level laws passed in 2016 and prior restrict abortion access from multiple angles. Among the most common tactics employed by antiabortion legislators and activists:

  • 43 states have bans dictating how late into pregnancy women can get abortions. (The 20-week ban is the Susan B. Anthony List’s top legislative priority, and it has become law in 16 states so far.)
  • 25 states have Targeted Restrictions on Abortion Providers —or TRAP — laws imposing strict requirements on abortion clinics and providers. The standards are frequently so strict that clinics often can’t afford the changes and close.
  • 17 states have counseling laws that require doctors to give patients misleading or inaccurate information about the procedures.
  • 27 states have waiting periods laws that force women to visit a provider multiple times before getting an abortion (a difficult obstacle when considering how far some people have to travel to a clinic).

The laws have had a deleterious effect on abortion access in the affected states. Nationwide, the number of abortion clinics have fallen to 788 in 2014, down from 839 in 2011, according to the Guttmacher Institute.

Texas has seen the largest drop in the US, which many have attributed to a TRAP law passed in 2013. After the law was passed, researchers found that the number of clinics providing abortions in the state dropped in half, from 41 to 22 by November 2013 — increasing the number of women who lived over 50 miles from a clinic in Texas from 1.2 million to 4.2 million.

In June 2016, the Supreme Court ruled in a 5-3 decision that the law “provides few, if any, health benefits for women, poses a substantial obstacle to women seeking abortions, and constitutes an ‘undue burden’ on their constitutional right to do so.”

Dawn Johnsen, a constitutional scholar from Indiana University and the legal director of NARAL from 1988 to 1993, said the Texas case showed how “chipping away” at Roe’s guarantees wasn’t the right metaphor to explain what was really happening on the ground.

“It’s more like you’re taking a sledgehammer when you’re closing three-quarters of the clinics,” she told Business Insider. “People often say chipping away, but I think it’s more like eroding the foundation, or hollowing it out.”

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(Dr. Bhavik Kumar, 31, listens to a question from a patient seeking an abortion during her ultrasound at the Whole Woman’s Health clinic in Fort Worth, Texas, on June 3, 2016. Women considering abortions are required by the state to have a sonogram that they must be offered the chance to view, although they can refuse to look. There is then a required 24-hour waiting period after the initial consultation. Some must travel long distances twice in order to complete the procedure.AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

While a creeping majority of states have passed TRAP laws, several continue to propose or pass what abortion activists consider especially egregious pieces of legislation.

In Oklahoma, for example, lawmakers are advancing a bill that would require the father’s permission for a woman to get an abortion. Non-invasive paternity tests are available after eight weeks into pregnancy.

Last year, TexasLouisiana, and Indiana passed laws requiring women pay to bury or cremate fetal remains (often smaller than a pea pod) following abortions, which estimates suggest could cost upwards of $400.

Federal judges have blocked the laws in all three states, but they remain laws in Arkansas and North Carolina.

And the Ohio legislature passed a bill in 2016 that would ban abortions after the fetal heartbeat is detected, which can be as early as six weeks into pregnancy. Most women don’t know they’re pregnant until four to seven weeks. Gov. John Kasich vetoed that bill the same day he passed a 20-week ban in the state.

‘Recipe for a public health crisis’

While the GOP won sweeping control of the national government in the 2016 election, the party also has a trifecta of control in 24 state governments.

Furthermore, Trump is poised to appoint more federal judges than any first-term president in 40 years, and has said he intends to choose judges with the goal of overturning Roe.

While Roe v. Wade remains on “solid ground” because the Supreme Court still has a majority supporting it, Stephanie Toti, a senior counsel at the Center for Reproductive Rights, told Business Insider politicians can still “do a lot of damage.”

Those kinds of restrictive policies have a hugely disproportionate impact on poor women, immigrant women, women of color, and women in rural areas.

Toti pointed to the GOP’s proposed defunding of Planned Parenthood, which was included the GOP bill to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, and a codification of the Hyde Amendment, which prevents women from using federal funds to pay for abortions.

“Policies like that contribute to a real gap between the rights that women have in theory, on paper, and the rights that women are actually able to exercise in practice,” Toti told Business Insider. “Those kinds of restrictive policies have a hugely disproportionate impact on poor women, immigrant women, women of color, and women in rural areas who already face numerous obstacles in accessing safe abortion care.”

Activists aren’t worried about just abortion rights either, but the full gamut of reproductive health care.

The ACA, more commonly known as Obamacare, allows women to get birth control of their choice at no extra cost; insurance covers all 18 methods approved by the FDA. Some Republicans, including Trump’s Secretary of Health and Human Services Dr. Tom Price, want to revoke that coverage.

“If you take that away, that means that more women are going to be facing unintended pregnancies,” Toti said. “When you think about combining that with reduced access to safe abortion care, it’s just a recipe for disaster. It’s a recipe for a public health crisis.”

‘This is winning’

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(Tens of thousands of people took to the streets of Downtown Los Angeles for the Women’s March in protest after the inauguration of President Donald Trump on January 21, 2017.Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

While Pew Research Center polls have found that 59% of US adults today support keeping abortion legal in all or most cases, there is a clear partisan divide. 79% of Democrats support its legality, while only 37% of Republicans do. Independents are more in the middle, but still support the right at 60%.

Groups like NARAL, the American Civil Liberties Union, Planned Parenthood, and the Center for Reproductive Rights are all trying to harness the energy and anger displayed at the Women’s March on Washington, Owens said, and turn it into concrete action at the local, state, and national levels.

“I think we’re gonna lose a lot of these fights, and it’s gonna be painful,” he said. “But that doesn’t mean that we won’t fight it. That doesn’t mean there isn’t a lot of enthusiasm to fight it. That doesn’t mean that we lose by fighting it.”

At the the 44th annual March for Life rally in Washington, DC in January, Vice President Mike Pence declared that “life is winning again in America.” Liebel, the Susan B. Anthony caucus coordinator, said she couldn’t agree more.

“I have definitely seen that ring true at the state level. They have a saying that all politics is local. … What happens at the ballot box is what happens in the legislation that you see,” she said. “In my opinion, it reflects the opinion of the voters. This is our time. This is winning.”


Life Reimagined: A Look Back at 2016

Ohio Right to Life

Friend —

At Ohio Right to Life, we are constantly seeking new ways to reimagine the world we know: to innovate new legislative strategies, to forge new partnerships, and to push ourselves to reach one more heart, one more mind. With the close of 2016, it seems like our opportunities to reimagine our world have dramatically expanded.

Annual_Report_2016_Cover_-_Click_to_download.pngIn November, pro-life America won the White House and held onto Congress, saving the Supreme Court from Hillary Clinton. Pro-life Ohio not only maintained super majorities in the Ohio House and Senate, we also picked up a seat in each chamber.

In the last six years, with pro-life leadership at the helm, Ohio has significantly enhanced the protections we afford to the vulnerable. Ohio Right to Life has successfully advocated for the passage of 18 pro-life laws, and abortions have decreased by 25 percent! Imagine what we can do in the next two years. Imagine what our country can do in the next four. We have significant work ahead of us. And as we reimagine our state and country’s future, Ohio Right to Life is taking special care to finish the legislative path we started.

Now, it is our pleasure to share with you our 2016 Year-End Report. Inside you will find a year-full of legislative, grassroots, political and educational advocacy. What we believe this year-end report demonstrates is how thoroughly we have searched our minds and hearts to reimagine LIFE in 2016 and to grow our community of life-affirming Ohioans.

If you feel compelled to help Ohio Right to Life in the great task of reimagining LIFE here in Ohio, please consider making a gift today. Over 20,000 abortions occur in Ohio ever year. The need is great.

Gifts made to the Ohio Right to Life Educational Fund are tax-deductible. Click here to make a gift to Ohio Right to Life Educational Fund.

Thank you for your continued support which has enabled Ohio Right to Life to lead the fight for life in 2016. This year-end report truly is a testament to your generosity.

With you for Life,

Devin Scribner
Executive Director

Life Reimagined: A Look Back at 2016

16 Top Pro-Life Moments of 2016

NRL News Today

 December 29, 2016   Pro-Lifers

Counting Down the 16 Top Pro-Life Moments of 2016

By Andrew Bair

1.The March for Life goes on in the face of historic DC blizzard: Despite many buses being forced to turn around to avoid the impending blizzard heading for the nation’s capital, there was still a strong and dedicated showing pro-life support on the streets of Washington for the 2016 March for Life. It’s clear that no amount of snow or bad weather can shake the commitment of the pro-life grassroots!

2. Four states enact a ban on dismemberment abortions: Alabama, Louisiana, Mississippi, and West Virginia joined a growing number of states in banning the horrific dismemberment abortion method. These laws not only protect unborn babies but serve to educate the public about the brutality of abortion. Read more about dismemberment abortions.

3. Ohio, South Carolina, and South Dakota join 12 other states in passing the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act: This important legislation extends legal protection to unborn children 20 weeks and older. Substantial medical and scientific evidence shows that by this stage, if not earlier, babies are capable of experiencing pain.

4.. Other state legislative victories included Oklahoma passing the pro-education Humanity of the Unborn Child Act, Georgia passing positive alternatives legislation, Indiana passing a ban on selective abortions based on sex or disability, and Louisiana increasing their waiting period from 24 hours to 72 hours.

5. The 40th Anniversary of the Hyde Amendment: First enacted in 1976, the Hyde Amendment has saved an estimated 2 million lives from abortion. This annual appropriations amendment stops taxpayer dollars from being used to fund most abortions and abortion coverage through government programs like Medicaid.

6. Pro-Life candidates triumph in 2016 elections: Up and down the ballot, pro-life candidates scored impressive victories. Here is how National Right to Life fared in the 2016 elections:

7. Hillary Clinton forced to defend late abortions during presidential debate: During the final presidential debate, moderator Chris Wallace brought up the topic of abortion. In a moment that was even cringe worthy for Democrats, Clinton reaffirmed her support for the partial-birth abortion method and abortions throughout all nine months of pregnancy. By contrast, Trump said, “I am pro-life, and I will be appointing pro-life judges.”

8. Planned Parenthood and EMILY’s List spend big and lose big in the 2016 elections: Millions upon millions of dollars were spent by the political arm of the nation’s largest abortion provider and by EMILY’s List, a radical pro-abortion PAC that only backs female Democrats who support abortion without limits. Planned Parenthood alone spent at least $38 million in the elections.

9. Pro-Life selections announced for key cabinet positions: The incoming Administration has announced the selection of several pro-life champions for key roles. These include Rep. Tom Price for HHS Secretary, Sen. Jeff Sessions for Attorney General, Betsy DeVos for Education Secretary, Gov. Nikki Haley for U.N. Ambassador, and Kellyanne Conway as Counselor to the President.

10. Doritos Super Bowl commercial highlights humanity of unborn children, provokes outrageous meltdown from abortion advocates: NARAL Pro-Choice America lost it on social media during the Super Bowl when a Doritos ad featured an unborn baby on an ultrasound. They trashed the ad for “humanizing fetuses,” further exposing how out of touch the pro-abortion movement really is.

11. U.S. House and Senate send filibuster-proof reconciliation bill to President Obama’s desk that would have defunded Planned Parenthood: Despite President Obama’s veto, the move set a precedent for advancing such a bill under a new president, without 60 votes in the U.S. Senate.

12. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell holds the line and prevents the appointment of pro-abortion Merrick Garland to the Supreme Court: By holding off a Senate vote on Obama’s Supreme Court pick, McConnell injected the issue of the Supreme Court into the 2016 elections, an issue which helped mobilize many pro-life voters. Now, the vacancy left by the late Antonin Scalia will be filled by someone chosen by the President-elect, who repeatedly promised to appoint someone who reflects Scalia’s judicial philosophy.

13. Pro-Life traitor Rep. Renee Ellmers (NC-02) defeated in GOP Primary: There were many electoral triumphs for the pro-life movement in 2016 but the defeat of Rep. Renee Ellmers was particularly symbolic. In early 2015, Ellmers launched an extended public campaign against the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act. Although the bill ultimately passed the House, the delay and damage inflicted by Rep. Ellmers diminished its chances in the Senate, where pro-abortion senators were able to organize a successful filibuster to prevent the ban from advancing despite the support of a majority of senators. “There is no member of Congress in recent memory who did greater harm to a major piece of pro-life legislation, while claiming to be pro-life, than Renee Ellmers,” said Douglas Johnson, Director of Federal Legislation for National Right to Life.

14. Latest CDC report shows a 5% decline in abortions nationwide: The latest numbers from the CDC are confirmation that America is moving, perhaps even accelerating, towards a culture more hospitable to unborn life. Read the report from NRLC’s Dr. Randall K. O’Bannon.

15. Pro-Life advocates shine light on the tragic legacy of Planned Parenthood on its 100th birthday: In 2016, Planned Parenthood celebrated 100 years since its founding. While it celebrated a birthday, there were millions unable to celebrate birthdays due to abortion.

16. House Select Panel on Infant Lives investigates harvesting and trafficking of baby body parts, highlights importance of protecting born-alive abortion survivors: Testifying before the panel in April, Nebraska Sen. Ben Sasse, the prime sponsor of the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act, hit the nail on the head when he noted, “Here, on this basic reality, we can and must find agreement: Babies are not the sum of their body parts. Babies are not meant to be bought. Babies are not meant to be sold. Babies are just that—babies. They’re meant to be welcomed and rejoiced over, held and nurtured.”