Dear Pro-life friends,
You are part of the pro-life movement, and you understand how much work it takes to inform our nation about the devastating consequences of abortion. I want to tell you about an educational and legislative success story that just happened.
Some time ago, the state of South Dakota passed a “woman’s right to know” law. It required abortionists to warn women that having an abortion puts them at risk of having suicidal thoughts and of committing suicide. Planned Parenthood sued asking that the law be struck down, because—they claimed—there was no scientific evidence to justify the law.
The State of South Dakota fought the law suit, using expert witnesses to testify that there is sufficient scientific evidence to justify the claim that having an abortion puts a woman at higher risk of suicide. The key witness was Dr. Priscilla Kari Coleman (a graduate of West Virginia University and now a professor at Bowling Green State University in Ohio) who has done extensive research on post-abortion problems in women, men, and families. Last month, the U.S. Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled on the matter and determined that there is sufficient research evidence that a woman having an abortion is at increased risk of suicide.
Spreading the pro-life message and doing the legislative work to make it effective is extremely time-consuming and expensive. South Dakota’s success took a lot of hard work to achieve it. We are inspired by South Dakota’s success. I hope you are, too.
The pro-abortionists have worked very hard to convince people that abortion is safe and causes no problems for women who have them. The research has demonstrated that this is a false claim, but it requires great effort and expense to make that case educationally and legally.
Thank you for your on-going commitment to the work of West Virginians for Life. You have demonstrated that you know that we are working to protect all human life: the baby and the mother.
Sincerely, for life,
Wanda Franz, Ph.D.
West Virginians for Life President