by Steven Ertelt
August 1, 2007
Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) — A national organization that speaks out for women who have been victimized by abortions says other states should adopt a new law that went into effect in Arkansas on Tuesday. The statute requires abortion facilities to tell women that no one can force them to have an abortion.
Sponsored by Rep. Sid Rosenbaum, the new law amended the informed consent statute (the Women’s Right to Know law) to include verbally telling a woman seeking abortion that "no person can force a woman to have an abortion."
This information must be given to the woman in advance and the abortion cannot be obtained the same day, Rose Mimms of Arkansas Right to Life told LifeNews.com about the new provision.
That’s important, considering research studies from the Elliot Institute showing women having abortions saying that they felt pressured or coerced into having an abortion in about 40 percent of cases.
Now the co-founders of the Silent No More Awareness Campaign, the nation’s largest network of women hurt by abortion, say the Arkansas law is needed nationwide.
"I can’t tell you how many women I know who’ve been pressured into aborting by a boyfriend, husband, or parent," the group’s leader Georgette Forney told LifeNews.com.
"This Arkansas statute is really just a gentle reminder to women that no one has the right to threaten or intimidate us into terminating our children," Forney explained. "Everyone in every state should support this type of legislation. After all, how could someone who says he’s pro-choice oppose a law that tells a woman she has a choice?"
Janet Morana, who also leads the organization, said the new statute is important because abortion businesses have a financial interest in women having abortions.
Morana said no abortion practitioner is going to voluntarily tell women that they can’t be forced or pressured into having an abortion.
"He’s doing abortions to make money and part of his livelihood depends on women who are being pressured into doing something they really don’t want to do," she told LifeNews.com.
"For the abortionist, the bottom line is the bottom line," Morana concluded. "Anyone who thinks the abortion industry will do something that might reduce the number of abortions and, thus, its profit margin, is deluding himself."