Ms. Magazine’s "I Had an Abortion" Campaign Forgets Women’s Regrets

National   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Aug 1, 2006   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

Ms. Magazine’s "I Had an Abortion" Campaign Forgets Women’s Regrets Email this article
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by Steven Ertelt Editor
August 1, 2006

Washington, DC ( — Ms. Magazine is bringing back a campaign it ran prior to Roe v. Wade in which women share their glowing experiences of having an abortion. The pro-abortion magazine says abortion is under fire from numerous pro-life laws and some states trying to ban it, but the campaign leaves out the stories of women who had abortions and regret their decision or suffered problems from it.

The campaign actually began in France in 1971, when more than 300 women signed a statement saying they had abortions.

By 1972, in its debut issue, Ms. Magazine found just 53 women willing to say their abortions were good decisions, even though abortion had already been legalized in highly-populated states like California and New York.

Hoping to boost support for abortion, Ms. Magazine is conducting an online campaign searching for women to share their stories.

"If a multitude of women would step forward publicly—and more and more would continue to join them—we would change the public debate," the magazine says.

Ms. says it will send the names of those who sign the petition to the White House, members of Congress and state legislators.

But the names of those who had abortions won’t include any of the millions of women like Dr. Alveda King, the niece of Dr. Martin Luther King, who regret their abortions.

King has said the "guilt made me ill" following her abortion.

Caron Strong of Brentwood, Tennessee won’t be on the pro-abortion Ms magazine list either.

"It’s been 14 years since my last abortion and it has been a week and a half since my last nightmare," she said.

Strong said she was upset that no one told her that the four abortions she had would cause her emotional torment and later result in miscarriages of subsequent pregnancies.

Amy Young of Sterling, Virginia, said it took her 17 years to realize that the cause of the anger and bitterness in her life was due to a past abortion.

"I still cry; I still hurt," she said.

"The aftermath of abortion is horrendous," said Joyce Zounis, director of women’s outreach for Operation Outcry: Silent No More — a national movement empowering women to speak out about how abortion harmed them.

"I was told it would be over ‘real quick’ – it lasted 27 years," she explained.

Zounis, who had the first of seven abortions beginning at age 15, shares, "not once in eleven years was I told of the emotional complications an abortion can bring."

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