As Supreme Court Dobbs Case Approaches, Pro-Life Groups Lobby Public Education, Highlighting Abortion Toll
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Pro-life organizations are deploying mass education efforts to persuade the public before the Supreme Court hears a game-changing abortion case.
On Saturday, the group Live Action held a rally in Los Angeles, announcing it would highlight the daily toll of abortion deaths. More than 2,000 people attended, according to the group.
Dubbed “Campaign # 2363,” the multi-million dollar effort includes billboards, radio, digital and TV ads across the country – with a focus on Washington, DC, New York and Jackson, Mississippi. This figure is based on Guttmacher’s estimate of 862,320 abortions in the United States in 2017.
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Live Action President Lila Rose said: “The facts about abortion are devastating, but need to be known: These 2,363 precious lives are being killed by chemical abortions – starved of nutrients, then forcibly aborted, or torn apart. by aspiration and removed from their mothers, or ripped a limb from their torso by forceps while they were alive, before their skulls were crushed, or stabbed in the heart or head with a lethal injection. “
She added: “The slaughter of innocent people through abortion is the greatest crisis we face as human beings.”
The group says the ads will run until oral argument day in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health, a challenge to the 15-week abortion ban in Mississippi. Both sides see the case as an opening for Conservative justices to overturn the Supreme Court’s landmark ruling in Roe v. Wade.
The burning issue presented attempts on both sides to humanize the debate. “Mississippi’s draconian abortion ban – a heartbreaking and national attack on women’s freedoms – is unconstitutional,” House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif. Said in a statement last month . She added that “seeing or undermining Roe presents a clear threat to equality and justice in America, as the Mississippi ban specifically targets women of color and women from low-income communities.”
She and House Democrats recently passed the Women’s Health Protection Act, which would override a Supreme Court ruling in codifying Roe.
“A person’s ability to access reproductive health care should never be determined by their zip code or income,” said Planned Parenthood President Alexis McGill Johnson. “The Women’s Health Protection Act would bring us closer to a world where everyone can take full control of their body and their future.”
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Life advocates, however, argue their movement does justice to minority communities, which they say have been ravaged by disproportionately higher abortion rates. Live Action and Students for Life of America (SFLA) have also refined their efforts to connect women with resources to address the challenge of pregnancy-in-crisis.
The SFLA has already launched its Abortion Free Cities (AFC) campaign, which aims to lay the foundations for a post-Roe world. Launched at the end of last month, the AFC will use its political infrastructure in all 50 states to educate communities about pro-life resources for women in need. Its “Standing with You” initiative specifically targets women facing crisis pregnancies on campus.
SFLA and Live Action are aiming high with ambitious outreach goals. The SFLA estimates that it will generate 330 calls with women in crisis, knock on 25,000 doors and reach 935,000 young people through digital platforms. Live Action also hopes to reach 90% of people in “four of the country’s biggest cities,” according to Rose.
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Several organizations also publish educational material on prenatal development. For example, Live Action recently released a video narrating and illustrating the development of “Baby Olivia”.
The Charlotte Lozier Institute’s (CLI) ‘Voyage of Life’ website also aims to describe fetal and embryonic development from conception. As readers move through a timeline, an animated fetus grows at the top of the site. The site features articles such as “Brain Activity in Unborn Children” and “When and How Fingerprints Are Formed”.