Women Must be Protected from Harm

“Is Abortion Safe? Medical Complications”
The National Right to Life Committee’s misleading list of the physical and psychological complications that can occur as a result of an abortion.

“The Link between Abortion and Breast Cancer: What Every Woman in the World has a Right to Know”
A flyer published by the Coalition on Abortion/Breast Cancer circulated at international meetings, designed to bring the “abortion/breast cancer link” message to other countries.

“Are You Suffering from Post Abortion Stress?”
A Post Abortion Syndrome (PAS) quiz from the Elliot Institute, the leading advocacy group for PAS, designed to encourage women who have had an abortion to believe they suffer from a psychological disorder.

“Free Posters”
The Elliot Institute has produced this series of posters that focus on the alleged harm of abortions.

“Coercive Abortion Prevention Act Assumes Male Guilt, Opens Door to Unfair Prosecutions” by Jeffrey M. Leving and Glenn Sacks
Conservative fathers rights advocates discuss their opposition to a 2006 Michigan bill, the Coercive Abortion Prevention Act, that would have prohibited a potential father from intimidating or otherwise coercing a woman to have an abortion. They claimed the law would violate men’s rights by presuming guilt.

“Forced Abortions in America” by the Stop Forced Abortions Alliance of Missouri
Formed to help pass a coercive abortion prevention law, this website presents “pro-woman” arguments that are designed to appeal to pro-life feminists.

“If She’s in Trouble, He’s in Trouble, Too” by Feminists for Life (PDF)
A poster arguing that women who have an unplanned pregnancy deserve better than to be coerced by men who would pay for an abortion but refuse to support a child.

“CDC Reports: Condoms Do Not Prevent HPV”
A conservative review of a CDC report about the effectiveness of condoms in reducing HPV transmission from Concerned Women for America. The review misleadingly states that condoms offer no protection against HPV, while CDC has stated that condoms “may reduce the risk for HPV-associated diseases.”

“Catholic Teaching Has the Best Way to Stop AIDS”
“Does the distribution of condoms lessen its spread or actually fuel transmission of the fatal, incurable disease?” This article reflects the Roman Catholic Church’s refusal to use condoms because of its position that contraception encourages premarital and extra-marital sex: “Condoms exacerbate the problem by promoting promiscuity.” Pope Benedict XVI echoed this sentiment in his comments before his first Papal visit to Africa in 2009 when he claimed that HIV/AIDS "cannot be overcome through the distribution of condoms, which even aggravates the problems."

“Teens Can’t Afford to Gamble at the STD Roulette Wheel”
An essay by a conservative M.D.reprinted by an abstinence only curriculum site. The author argues that sexual activity gambles away teen health, because teens don’t use condoms consistently and that condoms are “flawed,” putting them at serious risk for STDs.

“A Merck-y Business”
A conservative argument against mandatory vaccination of pre-teen girls with the HPV vaccine, Merck’s Gardasil, based on the fear that “a powerful urge to have sexual intercourse that begins at puberty” will drive girls to have sex, that mandatory vaccinations, like the programs suggested at the time this article appeared, reduced parental authority, and finally, that Merck was motivated more by profit than by any other health factor. The latter argument also appeals to populist, anti-corporate liberals.

“Executive Summary--Abstinence Education: Assessing the Evidence”
This summary of a Heritage Foundation “Backgrounder” was produced to coincide with the first Congressional hearing abstinence education in April 2008. The full paper misleadingly claims that most abstinence education programs studied had positive results.