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Pre-abortion Counseling Should Include Questions on Abuse and Coercion Say Post-Abortive Women

by Staff
July 2, 2010
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STATEN ISLAND, N.Y., ( -- Leaders of the Silent No More Awareness Campaign (SNMAC), the world's largest network of individuals harmed by abortion, said today that a new study on the link between women who suffer physical or sexual abuse and their later abortions does not go far enough in identifying how women seeking abortion should be counseled.

"A Planned Parenthood official who participated in this Iowa study admits that her organization has not been asking women about any abuse they've suffered," said Janet Morana, co-founder of SNMAC. "That Planned Parenthood has been aborting women's babies for four decades and is only now talking about maybe asking women if they've been abused shows that women's lives are of no consequence to them."

"Actually, asking women if they've suffered physical attacks by their babies' fathers would be an innovation for Planned Parenthood," added Georgette Forney, also a co-founder of SNMAC. "What the organization's sales staff should really do, but which they will refuse to do, is ask women if they've been coerced by a boyfriend, husband, or parent to have the abortion. We know that feigning concern for women is one thing for Planned Parenthood, asking women questions that might cause them not to abort is quite another."

Since the launching of the Silent No More Awareness Campaign in 2003, 3,877 women and men have shared their testimonies publicly at over 572 gatherings in 48 states and ten countries where more than 110,830 attendees have heard the truth about abortion's negative aftereffects. More than 9,027 people are registered to be Silent No More. Raising awareness about the hurtful aftermath of abortion and the help that is available to cope with the pain are two of the Campaign's goals.

The Silent No More Awareness Campaign is a joint project of Anglicans for Life and Priests for Life. For more information, please visit their website:

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