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Roe was not enough and has never been enough for pro-abortion groups

by | May 3, 2024

By Laura Echevarria, Director of Communications and Press Secretary

Editor’s note. This appears in the May issue of National Right to Life News. Please share with your pro-life family and friends.

Pro-abortion groups have become bolder and more aggressive since the Dobbs decision was handed down in June 2022.

The latest pro-abortion messaging says it all: “Roe was always the floor, not the ceiling.”

We know that pro-abortion groups and their allies are bent on making abortion available on demand until birth so it’s not surprising that they have shifted from saying abortion should be “safe, legal, and rare” to “Roe was always the floor, not the ceiling.”

Roe was not enough and has never been enough for pro-abortion groups.

The latest PR campaign by pro-abortion groups is to muddy the water by claiming that abortion is “health care” and that women will die without it. The go-to arguments from pro-abortion groups involve rage, misinformation, rage, lies, and more rage.

Abortion groups have a lot of sympathizers and allies – everyone from the American Association of Obstetricians and Gynecologists to the editorial board at the New York Times. Pushing back against the pro-abortion agenda can feel like we are rolling a boulder uphill only to have it slide down again at the end of the day.

It can feel frustrating, tiring – even fruitless.

But you can help and make an impact by doing three things:

Be knowledgeable

Know the facts about abortion statistics, the number of women seeking abortions and why. Learn about the development of the preborn baby and how she is growing at every stage of development. Read NRL News cover-to-cover and subscribe to NRL News Today. There is no greater way to learn accurate information in one place—unless you are planning on attending the National Right to Life Conference in June!

Be compassionate

Many of us respond on social media to comments made by family and friends on everything from someone’s new haircut to their new job. However, on issues that can be deeply painful and personal, we all know how cutting remarks and harsh words can come across. When responding to family and friends who may be pro-abortion, we need to respond with compassion. Social media can hinder communication because we can’t see facial expressions or gestures. People can gauge intent only by reading the words we choose. Even when dealing with reporters, we have to remember that they, too, may have had an abortion and will write a story through the lens of personal experience.

Be bold in your response

Don’t hesitate to respond to things you see in the news. While newspapers still publish op-eds and letters to the editor, the majority also allow comments directly below an article. Getting an op-ed or a letter published can delay a response to mean not getting one in at all if your op-ed doesn’t make the cut. However, responding in the comments section with concise and compassionate arguments can make a difference by addressing errors in reporting and winning hearts and minds.

We have truth on our side, but we need to present it and let people see it. They need to see the pro-life movement as it is—wonderful caring individuals who love and cherish life for both mother and child.

Categories: Roe v. Wade