Post-Abortion Group Launches New York Subway Ads to Reach Wounded

State   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Oct 9, 2008   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

Post-Abortion Outreach Launches New York Subway Ads to Reach Wounded

by Steven Ertelt Editor
October 9
, 2008

New York, NY ( — New York City has more abortion businesses than most states in the country and more abortions are done there than about half of the states combined. It’s no wonder that a new post-abortion outreach has chosen New York as a place to launch a new ad campaign to reach victims of abortion.

Michaelene Fredenburg, a post-abortive woman who is the author of the new book Changed: Making Sense of Your Own or a Loved One’s Abortion Experience, says the ad campaign is meant to move beyond the politics of abortion.

"The political language surrounding abortion can pick at tender wounds," she tells It can be an extremely difficult time for someone like myself who has been there."

Fredenburg created the Abortion Changes You outreach as a safe place away from politics, labels and debate to meet the needs of men and women who have shared their abortion stories, and their frustration with the cultural climate, with her.

"One young man named Zach told me ‘I can’t talk to those who are liberal because abortion is supposed to be okay. And the people on the Right are scary,’" says Fredenburg. "I kept thinking, what is there for people like Zach?"

Eye-catching transit ads will appear today throughout the New York City subway system after they were unveiled last month at Fordham University.

Recognizing that the New York City population largely uses mass transit for transportation, Fredenburg hopes these ads will resonate with those who have been touched by abortion — either their own or that of someone close to them.

The Abortion Changes You national outreach is an invitation for men, women, grandparents, siblings, other family members and friends to know that they are not alone and that healing resources are available. The 22-inch subway placards feature images of men and women and their "voices," inspired by real, personal abortion experiences.

An Asian female shares, "I thought life would be the way it was before," while a tattooed male inspired by Zach says, "I often wonder if there was something I could have done to help her."

One thousand subway cards featuring these voices will run for four weeks beginning October 9, 2008 and will direct people to the Abortion Changes You Web site.

On visitors will be able to participate in interactive content where they can learn how to build a support system, explore a range of emotions, identify unhealthy behaviors, and anonymously share about their experiences through stories, artwork, poetry, and songs.

"We know how to shout about abortion, but we don’t know how to have a compassionate conversation," says Fredenburg, "It is my hope that in the midst of this volatile political season we might hear something different."

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