Pro-Life Group Offers Pro-Woman Perspective on the Abortion Debate

National   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Oct 2, 2006   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

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by Steven Ertelt Editor
October 2
, 2006

Washington, DC ( — A pro-life women’s group says it has a unique approach to the abortion debate. It is hoping that a new campaign will give Americans different answers to their questions about abortion than they may normally receive from traditional pro-life groups or abortion advocates.

Feminists for Life has launched a national campaign to register people for its new e-course, an online educational effort to get people to think a little different about abortion.

Feminists for Life president Serrin Foster told about the conundrum and what her group hopes to do.

“Since 1973, it’s been the same thing. One side of the hotly contested abortion wars yells, ‘What about the woman?’ Instead of yelling back, ‘What about the baby?’ Feminists for Life answers the question,” Foster explained.

“It’s hard to talk when there’s all that distance," Foster added.

The new e-course, Pro-Woman Answers to Pro-Choice Questions, begins on October 5 and is free to all who sign up.

Foster says it will answer such common questions—and real quandaries—as “What about in the case of rape?”, “What about poor women who are without resources?”, and “Is it fair to ask a girl to give up her education to have a baby she doesn’t want?”

For years, Feminists for Life has been taking a different approach the abortion debate — seeking to combine the pro-life groups’ respect for life with pro-abortion organizations’ alleged concern for women.

That approach has led it to bring both sides together on college campuses across the nation to find solutions for university students who find themselves pregnant and seemingly out of options. They’re sponsored Capitol Hill forums where lawmakers and their staff have been presented new ways to answer old arguments about abortion.

"We have an independent streak," Foster admits.

"When Planned Parenthood’s research arm, the Guttmacher Institute, revealed the long list of reasons that were cited by women who had abortions — primarily lack of resources and support — we said this is our task list," Foster told

"Abortion is a reflection that we haven’t met the needs of women, and women deserve better,” says Foster, who will be answering the questions/teaching the e-course each week.

"Foster says that FFL’s web campaign is aimed at reaching “everyday people whose lives have been touched by the topic you can’t bring up in polite conversation as well as those who influence lives every day through their work—such as policymakers, educators, health professionals, and employers."

"Women — including those who have had abortions — as well as men are welcome at this feminist table," she added.

The first question Foster will answer on Thursday is: "Can you really be a feminist and pro-life?"

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