April 17th, 2008 12:48 EST
In Dallas tomorrow, women will celebrate ban on partial-birth abortion
Dallas, TX -- Women injured by abortion from all across the country are gathering in Dallas, Texas to celebrate the fact that the Supreme Court recognized abortion hurts women.
One year ago, on April 18th, 2007, the United States Supreme Court upheld the federal ban on partial birth abortion in the Gonzalez v. Carhart decision. The Supreme Court said,
"Whether to have an abortion requires a difficult and painful moral decision. While we find no reliable data to measure the phenomenon, it seems unexceptionable to conclude some women come to regret their choice to abort the infant life they once created and sustained. See Brief for Sandra Cano et al. as Amici Curiae in No. 05-380, pp. 22-24. [This is the TJF Brief citing the women's testimonies.] Severe depression and loss of esteem can follow. See ibid."
"The State has an interest in ensuring so grave a choice is well informed. (emphasis added)."
The women will be sharing the truth acknowledged by the Supreme Court and how abortion devastated their lives. Those speaking are women who have personally experienced the devastating consequences of abortion. They will be speaking at Ferris Plaza Park near the Dallas Federal Courthouse where Roe v. Wade was first filed. Joining them are abortion recovery providers who together help tens of thousands of women a year who are hurt by abortion. The sad truth, which is coming to light more and more, is that abortion often has severe emotional, psychological and physical consequences for women. The Abortion Recovery International Network (ARIN) has designated April as Abortion Recovery Awareness Month.
1. Sandra Cano, the former "Doe" of Doe v. Bolton, represented by The Justice Foundation, in the friend of the court brief which was cited by the Supreme Court saying that abortion causes severe depression and loss of self-esteem in women.
2. Some of the 180 women hurt by abortion represented by The Justice Foundation in the partial- birth abortion decision.
3. Norma McCorvey, the former "Roe" of Roe v. Wade.
4. Dr. Alveda King, (niece of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.)
5. Other women and men who have been injured by abortion and a survivor of a woman killed by abortion.
6. Leaders of Operation Outcry, Silent No More Awareness Campaign and Abortion Recovery International Network (ARIN) - organizations supporting women who have been hurt by their abortions.
7. Abortion Recovery Providers and Counselors