Tuesday, August 01, 2006

'I Had an Abortion' Magazine Campaign

HT to Marti

'I Have Had an Abortion,' Mag Asks Women to Declare
By Alison Espach
CNSNews.com Correspondent
August 01, 2006

(CNSNews.com) - Ms. Magazine's latest pro-abortion message invites women and girls who have undergone the procedure to submit their names for inclusion in the magazine and sign an online petition stating that "I have had an abortion."

The petition targets the recent South Dakota abortion ban, which has been stayed until voters in the state decide on the November ballot whether they want to overturn the ban.

"Whatever happens in South Dakota, 17 states now have trigger laws or pre-Roe bans that will ban abortion if the Supreme Court were to reverse Roe v. Wade," Ms. Magazine warns.

The South Dakota case is the likeliest avenue for Roe v. Wade, which legalized abortion in 1973, to eventually be challenged in the nation's highest court.

The Ms. Magazine petition asks females to "publicly join the millions of women in the United States who have had an abortion in demanding a repeal of laws that restrict women's reproductive freedom." Then the magazine asks for money.

Judie Brown, president of the American Life League, told Cybercast News Service that the pitch from Ms. Magazine takes "absurdity to a new level with a campaign bragging about their past abortions."

"These women are celebrating an act of violence that has proven traumatic for millions of mothers and deadly for their innocent pre-born children," Brown stated. "We know from all the research that's been done that most woman who have aborted their children are number one, not proud of what they did, and number two, are not going to come out and publicly say that they are," she said.

But Ms. Magazine insists that abortion is "a very common, necessary and important procedure for millions of women in the U.S." and promises to send all of the petition signatures it collects to the Bush White House.

According to Ms. Magazine, illegal abortions in the 1970s caused untold suffering in the United States, "especially for poor women who had to resort to unsafe self-induced or back-alley abortions."

The magazine also claims that in developing nations each year, "approximately 70,000 women and girls die from botched and unsafe abortions and another 500,000 maternal deaths occur," although it does not cite the source of those statistics.

The petition states that the Bush administration's international family planning policies, including the funding of abstinence-only education, contribute to the death toll because the policies do not provide comprehensive information and resources.

Brown cited post-abortion research conducted by the Springfield, Ill., based Elliot Institute. The Institute reported in 1997 on its survey of women eight weeks after they had undergone an abortion. Forty-four percent complained of nervous disorders, 36 percent said they experienced sleep disturbances, 31 percent said they regretted their decision and 11 percent admitted that they had been prescribed psychotropic drugs by their family doctor.

"Of course, it is in the best interest of the feminist movement to make sure the women don't have a guilty conscience or negative feelings towards their abortion," Brown added.

The Ms. Magazine campaign, Brown said is fueled by fears of the growing "pro-life" movement.

"The biggest reason why they are doing this is because they are petrified," said Brown. "The pro life movement has made tremendous advances in Congress, in the state legislatures and it continues to move forward. And I think that some of this is to frighten the complacent woman who has had an abortion into thinking that if they don't do something they will lose their 'right to abortion.'"

Feminist Gloria Steinem founded Ms. Magazine in 1971 and served as its aggressive spokeswoman for many years. But since 2001 the magazine has been owned by the Feminist Majority Foundation, whose president is Eleanor Smeal.

In 2006 Steinem's name doesn't appear until the 12th paragraph of a "HerStory" section on the magazine's website.

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