Pro-Lifers Want Cigarette-Style Warning Labels for Abortions

National   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Jun 28, 2011   |   11:27AM   |   Washington, DC

A coalition of pro-life groups, including, is calling on the FDA to include warning labels telling women how abortion destroys the lives of their unborn children and informing them of the dangers and risks associated with abortion.

The FDA recently announced new restrictions on cigarette packages, forcing manufacturers to feature prominent graphic images on the front of every cigarette package to warn smokers of harmful effects that smoking can have on their health and those around them. When picking up their cigarette packages, smokers will see pictures of a man blowing smoke out of a hole in his neck, a smoker’s mouth riddled with cancer, a baby under a cloud of smoke, and a deceased man, among other colored graphics.

“This marks the biggest change in cigarette package warnings in over a quarter of a century and notes the shift in American public opinion about smoking. Smoking has become passe,” says Students for Life president Kristan Hawkins. “Yet, what about abortion? Where are the warning labels on abortion? Where are the warnings to tell women that abortion will kill their child and scar them for life?”

Students for Life is leading a campaign, along with pro-life groups like the International Right to Life Federation, Life Issues Institute, Life Legal Defense Foundation, Operation Rescue, Survivors and others about the campaign to contact the FDA to get the agency to inform women about what abortion does and how it kills children and hurts women. The petition asks people to “tell the FDA that all abortion facilities and abortion-causing drugs should come with graphic warning labels – showing women what an abortion really does.”

“Why is it that when the FDA decided to allow the sale and distribution of Ella, the 5-day after-sex pill that has been proven to terminate pregnancies (i.e., it provides abortions), it didn’t require a black-box warning on the cover of the drug telling women it can kill your child if conception has already occurred?” Hawkins asks. “Listening to the debate over the cigarette images was disturbing as I couldn’t help but wonder why the FDA has decided to be so outspoken about cigarette smoking and not over abortion in America.”

“If you look at the statistics, it’s clear that abortion kills more Americans than smoking does,” Hawkins says. “Why is it that the issue of regulating abortion is one health issue the FDA won’t address? Why shouldn’t abortion facilities be required to post pictures of aborted children in their windows or, at very least, on brochures given to each women who comes to the facility for an abortion?”

“Smoking has become passé and is now looked down upon in many circles. And for good reason, I might add,” Hawkins concludes. “How can we do the same for abortion? I think for starters, Americans should contact the FDA and ask them to “Put a Warning Label on Abortion” and require all abortion facilities and abortion-causing drugs to have graphic warnings that show the effects of abortion: one dead child and one wounded mother and family.”

Sign the petition at