Why we hold 40 Days for Life in Wausau: column

5:32 PM, Sep. 24, 2013  |  Comments
Kimberly Couri- Connolly
Kimberly Couri- Connolly
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Forty Days for Life is a peaceful, ecumenical campaign that hopes to change minds and hearts to end abortion and the cultural ideology that supports abortion. Our mission is to pray, fast, hold peaceful vigils and educate the community. This is an international campaign involving 19 countries. Since the campaign began, we estimate that 7,536 babies have been saved, 40 abortion clinics have been closed and 83 workers have quit their jobs at abortion facilities.

Abortion takes the life of an unborn baby. Science is clear that human life begins at fertilization, which occurs before implantation. The disagreement is over whether the developing embryo is a person with the same rights as other people in society.

Abortion is not good for women! Some studies have found data indicating a potential link between abortion and breast cancer. Abortion also has been linked to premature birth and low birth weights in subsequent pregnancies and mental illness for the woman. A 2011 study published in the British Journal of Psychiatry found that women who have had an abortion have an 81 percent increased risk of mental illness including depression, suicidal behavior and substance abuse.

Why here?

Why hold the vigil at Family Planning Health Services? FPHS is the most visible pro-choice organization in our community. It has the same ideology as Planned Parenthood. It lobbies for the same laws as Planned Parenthood, such as the ability to dispense contraceptives to minors without parental permission. It supports pro-choice legislation on its blog. Legally, it is not allowed to refer for abortions and receive financial aid, but it gives women the names and locations of abortion facilities.

FPHS dispenses birth control to minors without parental permission. It targets teens with radio ads and its representatives give talks in the schools advocating "safe sex."

The "safe sex" philosophy has been promoted for the last 40 years with disastrous results. Teen pregnancy is much higher than it was in 1960. Sexually transmitted diseases have escalated dramatically. In Wisconsin, the Centers for Disease Control estimated that 11.2 percent of women under the age of 24 one have chlamydia. Chlamydia is known to cause tubal damage leading to infertility. Abortions have not been reduced.

Women deserve better

In fact, we argue that sex education and birth control increase abortions and do not reduce sexually transmitted diseases or teen pregnancies. A 2010 study in the journal Contraception found that in Spain a 63 percent increase in birth control resulted in a 108 percent increase in abortions. When birth control fails many women opt for abortion.

As a community, we need to ask ourselves: Is teen sex a healthy choice? We tell our teens to say no to drugs, alcohol and tobacco - but we tell them it is okay to have sex as long as they use birth control. A 2003 paper published by the Heritage Foundation found that teens who engage in sexual activity have a higher incidence of substance use and depression.

We do not doubt the good intentions of those who support abortion and "safe sex" but we do disagree with their approach. Women deserve better choices. Join us starting Wednesday!

Editor's note: A potential link between abortion and breast cancer has been a subject of scientific study. In 2003, the National Cancer Institute convened a group of more than 100 experts to review the medical literature; they concluded that "having an abortion or miscarriage does not increase a woman's subsequent risk of developing breast cancer." That remains the Institute's position.

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