Ads Urge a Rethinking of Abortion

WASHINGTON, D.C., JAN. 27, 2005 ( An advertising campaign aimed at dispelling myths about abortion is under way.

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The U.S. bishops’ Secretariat for Pro-Life Activities has launched the campaign in the Washington metropolitan area and in national news media outlets.

The campaign, called the Second Look Project, presents basic facts about legal abortion that much of the public does not understand. The program encourages people to take a «second look» at their views on abortion.

«Three decades after Roe v. Wade, many people still do not understand basic facts about legal abortion — like the fact that abortion is legal through all nine months of pregnancy,» said Cathy Cleaver Ruse, spokeswoman for the secretariat.

«Recent polls showing support for Roe v. Wade describe Roe as the decision which legalized abortion in the first 3 months of pregnancy, a flagrant distortion of the truth,» said Ruse. «Roe created an unlimited ‘right’ to abortion and most people think an unlimited right to abortion is wrong.»

More than 500 transit advertisements will appear on Metro trains and buses in the Washington area this month and next. Ads have also begun appearing in selected publications.

The ads refer viewers to a Web site,

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