by Steven Ertelt
March 9, 2007
Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) — A pro-abortion group, that attempts to persuade Catholics to oppose church doctrine on pro-life issues, is launching a new advertising campaign in Metro rail cars and stations in the nation’s capitol. The campaign is the first since longtime president Frances Kissling retired last week as the head of Catholic for a Free Choice.
The ad campaign seeks to persuade commuters that they should focus on preventing rather than prohibiting abortions.
It also claims the majority of Catholics in the United States support both contraception and abortion.
To kick off the campaign, CFFC advertisements, "How to end the abortion wars" and "Nobody wants to need an abortion," are appearing in Metro stations and on bus shelters around the capital.
After they, the pro-abortion group plans to take the ads nationwide.
"The advertisements articulate the views of the majority of American Catholics who do not want to see abortion criminalized, but want to see it less necessary," new president Jon O’Brien said in a statement LifeNews.com received.
O’Brien claims that 97% of Catholic women have used an artificial contraceptive method and Catholic women have abortions at the same rate as non-Catholics. He says there is "clearly ample support for policies" to keep abortion legal.
However, a December 2006 poll sponsored by Le Moyne College and Zogby International finds that a majority of Catholics want abortion to be illegal.
When asked if “all abortions should be illegal” 50 percent of Catholic adults in the U.S. agreed while 49 percent disagreed. About 1 percent of respondents were undecided in the poll.
The poll also showed 60 percent of those who attend mass weekly or more believe all abortions should be illegal.
Previously polls have shown that Catholic Americans take a pro-life position on abortion.
An April 2005 Gallup survey found a strong majority of Catholics believe the Catholic Church should retain its view against abortion.
Approximately 59 percent of those polled favor the church’s pro-life stance while just 37 percent of respondents opposed it. Catholics who attend church on a weekly basis were more likely to back the church’s pro-life position, by a 69 to 29 percent margin.