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website and the Healthy Moms and Babes
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Pro-Life Catholics and Mothers Call for National Abortion Policy Based on Results not Rhetoric
... Cincinnati’s Healthy Moms and Babes joined the national advocacy group Catholics United in calling on political candidates and public officials to pursue initiatives that bring Americans of all ideological backgrounds together to find common-ground solutions to the abortion tragedy. Today’s event is part of a broader movement of Catholics and other people of faith to move beyond the angry rhetoric of the abortion “culture war” and enact policies that achieve actual results by addressing the root causes of abortion: lack of jobs, health care, and other economic supports for women and families.
"Women who find they are facing an unplanned pregnancy can be scared and overwhelmed. They are worried about how they will be able to afford a child and who will be there to support them," said Kay Brogle, executive director of Healthy Moms and Babes. “Our society must realize that an effective pro-life strategy needs to entail standing with women who face unplanned pregnancies, and providing them with personal and financial support through the pregnancy and beyond. For Healthy Moms and Babes, our mission is the health and well being of the mother and child…that means providing moms with help with food, shelter, clothing as well as educating them in the care of themselves and their children through prenatal, postnatal, parenting and women’s health programs."
Recently, Catholics United and the social justice group Catholics in Alliance for the Common Good released studies demonstrating a clear connection between availability of family support and lower abortion rates. “Research shows that pregnant women and families are much more likely to choose life when they have the tools they need to do so,” said Dr. Joseph Wright, Ph.D., author of the Catholics United and Catholics in Alliance studies. “In order to build a true culture of life, our nation must make a serious commitment to ensuring that our nation’s families have the health care, education, and economic supports they need.”
One study, Reducing Abortion in America: The Effect of Economic and Social Supports, examined 20 years of national data and found that increased state-based economic assistance to families correlated with at 20 percent lower abortion rate. In the 1990s, states with more robust nutrition support through the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC) program had 37 percent lower abortion rates, and those with higher male employment had 29 percent lower abortion rates.
Another study, Reducing Abortion in America: Beyond Roe v. Wade, found that overturning the U.S. Supreme Court’s 1973 Roe v. Wade decision would have a relatively small effect on the overall abortion rate, as few states are likely to ban abortions, and women living in those states could easily obtain abortion services in neighboring states or an extralegal abortion market.
In an effort to take its message directly to Catholic voters, Catholics United has mailed more than 50,000 “Pro-Life Means All Life” postcards to pro-life Catholic households in Ohio, New Mexico and Pennsylvania.
“People of faith are tired of leaders who wear the pro-life label without enacting policies that actually prevent abortions,” said James Salt, organizing director for Catholics United. “It’s time for candidates and elected officials, regardless of party affiliation, to move from rhetoric to results by addressing a comprehensive strategy to address abortion in America.”
“During the past eight years we have watched a president rise to power on a ‘pro-life’ platform only to pursue other priorities: perpetrating an unjust war, opposing expanded health care coverage for pregnant women and children, promoting the intrinsic evil of torture, deregulating the financial markets, and mortgaging the future of America’s hard-working families on tax cuts for the rich and powerful. Scant, if any, progress was made toward ending or reducing abortions – quite the contrary, we fear that the looming economic crisis will impel more women to have abortions as people lose their jobs and their homes. This experience serves as poignant reminder of the need for Catholics and other pro-life Americans to look beyond campaign rhetoric and elect candidates who will deliver real results on the issues that matter most.”