Catholic Church Launches Ads Presenting Basic Abortion Facts

National   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Jan 31, 2005   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

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by Steven Ertelt Editor
January 31, 2005

Washington, DC ( — Saying that a large segment of the American public still doesn’t understand basic factual information about abortion that might make then change their minds on the heated issue, the nation’s Catholic bishops have launched a new advertising campaign.

Dubbed the "Second Look Project," the ad campaign features print ads in Washington area media and national media outlets. It encourages people to take a "second look" at their views on abortion.

"Three decades after Roe v. Wade, many people still do not understand basic facts about legal abortion — like the fact that abortion is legal through all nine months of pregnancy," said Cathy Cleaver Ruse, of the pro-life office at the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops.

Ruse refers to a recent Associated Press sponsored poll which she says confuses the abortion debate with dishonest information.

"Recent polls showing support for Roe v. Wade describe Roe as the decision which legalized abortion in the first 3 months of pregnancy, a flagrant distortion of the truth," said Ruse. "Roe created an unlimited right to abortion and most people think an unlimited right to abortion is wrong."

The ad campaign features 500 transit advertisement that have already started appearing on Metro trains and buses in the Washington area.

Newspaper ads will also run in leading newspapers such as the Washington Post, the Washington Times, the National Catholic Register, America, Commonweal, the New Republic, and the National Review.

"The Second Look Project is innovative because it provides basic facts about legal abortion, and lets the facts speak for themselves," Ruse concludes.

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