Women’s Group Says New York Abortion Panel Refuses Pro-Life Dissent

State   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Aug 9, 2007   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

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by Steven Ertelt
LifeNews.com Editor
August 9,

New York, NY (LifeNews.com) — An organization that sponsors public forums in New York City is the subject of criticism by a women’s group that speaks up for those hurt by abortion. Representatives of the Silent No More Awareness Campaign say NY Salon is sponsoring an abortion forum that won’t allow open discussion or debate.

The NY Salon panel discussion tonight in New York City is entitled, "What’s So Bad about Abortion?"

The forum includes four abortion advocates, including stop staff of NARAL, the National Abortion Federation and a British abortion business.

But the forum won’t include any women who have had abortions and regret their decision. As a result, no one will discuss what is "bad" about abortion.

Janet Morana of Silent No More told LifeNews.com that the event is more of a "disciplinary meeting where those in the abortion movement will be told to fall in line."

"The so called pro-choice side has had defectors lately who can’t stomach things like partial-birth abortion or who dare to acknowledge the truth that women suffer emotional or physical hurt from the procedure," she explained.

"Those who profit from abortion will not tolerate such sensitivity. Tonight, I’m sure they’ll crack the whip," Morana added.

LifeNews.com contacted the organizers of the event and they did not return a request for comment for this news story.

However, the NY Salon web site says the group "believe[s] passionately in free speech and discussing ideas robustly" and agrees with the quote generally attributed to Voltaire: "I disapprove of what you say, but will defend to the death your right to say it."

"The clash of ideas is at the heart of the NY Salon," the group adds.

"NY Salon aims to raise the level of discussion of our culture – from politics and business to science and the arts. We seek to provide environments in which ideas can be robustly debated among critically-minded people from a variety of backgrounds," it explains.

But Silent No More co-founder Georgette Forney says that’s not what’s happening with the abortion event.

"The organizers of this event want to trivialize women like me," Forney, who had an abortion when she was younger, told LifeNews.com.

"They really ask the question, ‘What’s so bad about abortion?’, to mock anyone who expresses the slightest queasiness about ripping an unborn baby’s limbs apart or who feels remorse for a lost life," Forney said.

Forney said she can tell the NY Salon organizers what’s so bad about abortion because she’s talked with thousands of women who have had them and wish they could go back and undo the decision.

"It’s obvious these people don’t care about women; their concern is abortion," she concluded.

ACTION: Contact NY Salon and express your opinion about their prohibiting any abortion dissent. Email [email protected].

Related web sites:
Silent No More Awareness Campaign – https://www.SilentNoMoreAwareness.org