Letters & Op-Eds 2012

Letter in response to “Abortion-rights groups absent on fetal pain laws”

Kudos for challenging your readership by raising the issue of later abortion,“Abortion-rights groups absent on fetal pain laws” on August 13. It would be a mistake, however, to be taken in by the Trojan horse of “fetal pain” as a wedge issue – that may, in fact, be the stroke that is “handing victories to anti-abortion groups.”

It’s better to recognize later abortion bans for what they are: draconian attacks on peoples’ lives based on junk science. While it may not have been covered in these pages, advocates are speaking up to defend women against these bans. And sometimes we do win.

Recently, Catholics for Choice mobilized Catholics from nearly every congressional district to tell their representatives in Congress to oppose the misleadingly-named “District of Columbia Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act.” The bill failed. Across the country, Catholics for Choice, our supporters and friends have opposed later abortion bans each step of the way, including in places where they have failed such as Florida and New Hampshire. While the Arizona law is, for now, in effect, the proposal from U.S. Representative Trent Franks (R-Ariz.) to see that law cast upon the national stage was a flop. That win for women’s health – and those in other states – was absolutely commonsense, but it was hardly an accident of fate.

Jon O’Brien
Catholics for Choice

This letter was originally published by Politico.

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