WASHINGTON (September 29, 2006)— As the United States Supreme Court prepares to hear oral arguments in cases challenging the federal partial-birth abortion ban November 8, the Second Look Project hopes to raise public awareness of this issue with a five-week campaign titled "Supreme Court Countdown: Partial-Birth Abortion."
"Six years ago, the U.S. Supreme Court invoked its Roe v. Wade decision to strike down state laws against partial-birth abortion," said Deirdre McQuade of the U.S. bishops' Secretariat for Pro-Life Activities, who oversees the Second Look Project. "Now that the court is taking a second look at the horrendous practice of partial-birth abortion, this new campaign will help remind the public and our elected officials how much is at stake."
Beginning Monday, October 2, when the Court opens its new term, the Second Look Project will send a fact or quote on partial-birth abortion each weekday to Congress, news media, and opinion leaders, ending November 8 when oral arguments are scheduled.
Building on the Project's "Roe Reality Check" postcard campaign of 2005, which educated Congress and others on critical facts regarding the Roe v. Wade abortion decision, the new Supreme Court Countdown campaign will send 27 "e-cards" by e-mail. These facts will also be posted on the Project's web site.
The Second Look Project helps people make informed decisions based on fact rather than emotion. While abortion has been legal in the U.S. for three decades, polls continue to show that many people do not have very basic information about abortion, such as when during pregnancy it is legal, or why it is generally performed. For more information on the Second Look Project, visit www.secondlookproject.org. Journalists wishing to receive the "Countdown" e-cards can send a request to firstname.lastname@example.org.