to significantly reduce abortion and protect women's health
WASHINGTON (December 30, 2002) — Coinciding with the 30th year of the Supreme Court's Roe v. Wade abortion decision this January, the Women Deserve Better campaign is launching a public educational effort highlighting the failure of abortion to meet the needs of women. The campaign is a long-term effort to refocus the nation on the reasons why women feel pressured into abortion and to promote women-centered solutions to these problems.
The primary reasons women with untimely pregnancies turn to abortion are a lack of financial resources and emotional support. Abortion has been promoted as the answer, but it has instead been an obstacle to developing real solutions that truly address women's needs and concerns.
Partners in the Women Deserve Better campaign who will bring their own perspectives and areas of expertise to the effort are Feminists for Life, Life Resource Network's Women's Task Force, The Second Look Project, Women and Children First, Solidarity with Women (Priests for Life), and the Silent No More Campaign, co-sponsored by NOEL (National Organization of Episcopalians for Life).
Campaign efforts in January will include ads appearing in Washington, D.C. subway trains, buses, and commuter trains as well as in print media. The ads are being sponsored by the Pro-Life Secretariat of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops and the Knights of Columbus.
The ads read: "Abortion is a reflection that we have not met the needs of women. Women deserve better than abortion."
Thousands of placards featuring this message will also feature prominently at the annual March for Life in Washington, D.C on January 22nd.
Representatives from the Women Deserve Better campaign are available for interviews and comment. To speak with them, or for more information, please contact Gene Tarne at 202-756-4947. Additional information is also available at www.womendeservebetter.com.