by Steven Ertelt
January 3, 2008
Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) — A pro-abortion "Catholic" group plans a new television advertising campaign targeting key states in the presidential elections to attack pro-life groups and candidates for not supporting what it considers the best approach to reducing abortions. Catholics for Choice president Jon O’Brien announced the new campaign.
"If there is one issue that resonates across all sections of society, it is that Americans want to reduce the need for abortion," O’Brien told LifeNews.com in a press release.
"Over the coming weeks, and continuing throughout the year, Catholics for Choice will be promoting our Prevention Not Prohibition campaign," he added. "The first series of ads will appear in states where early caucuses and primaries take place: Iowa, New Hampshire, North Carolina, Nevada and Colorado."
When pro-life advocates think of reducing abortions, they think of limits like parental involvement, ending taxpayer-funding or giving women information on abortion’s risks and alternatives.
But the Catholics for Choice campaign is focused on promoting contraception and the morning after pill, that statistics from Scotland show raised, not lowered, the number of abortions.
The Scotland government reported 13,081 abortions in 2006, up from 12,603 the previous year — an increase of nearly 3.8 percent despite an aggressive campaign to get the morning after pill to women there.
O’Brien claims his group "speaks for Catholics throughout the country."
"Despite the loud voices and best efforts of a few conservative bishops, Catholics are firmly in the mainstream when it comes to reproductive rights," he contends.
O’Brien says 97 percent of Catholic women have used some form of artificial contraception and "Catholic women have abortions at the same rate as non-Catholics."
His group’s campaign is oriented around putting more money into family planning programs, but much of the funds would go to Planned Parenthood, the nation’s leading abortion business.