According to Earth Times, the Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) have a problem with a ad campaign being run by The Second Look Project– sponsored by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops.
Their problem, they do not want ads that are not “factually accurate” to be displayed. Specifically, they believe that only government health organizations should be able to relay health and medical related messages, and since these ads talk about a health procedure they should be banned:
One of the ads reads: “myth: abortion is legal only in the first three months of pregnancy. fact: it’s legal for the entire nine months for virtually any reason.” The other states, “The human heart begins to beat at 22 days; Roe v. Wade says a doctor can stop it for the next 244.”
The reality is that abortion is not legal for the entire nine months for “virtually” any reason, but is legal only in very limited circumstances. States can and have restricted or prohibited abortion after viability, except when necessary to protect the woman’s life or health. Also, thirty-four states currently enforce parental consent or notification laws for minors seeking an abortion. Moreover, there is no language in Roe v. Wade stating that a doctor can stop a human heart for 244 days after it begins to beat. Rather, the case provides that before viability a woman may have an abortion free from government interference.
However, the problem is on CREW’s end. Since abortion itself was a right created by the Supreme Court, it is legal the entire 9 months. Even the recently approved Partial Birth Abortion Ban doesn’t prevent abortion specifically, just a particular procedure. The court said as long as the termination happens in the womb and not by this particular procedure it’s still ok.
Since most states prohibition on late term abortions has been forced to include terminology talking about “the health of the mother,” this phrase has been twisted to mean virtually anything the woman wants it to mean so that she can kill her child.
We are in a clash of worldviews– the last thing that the pro-abortion side wants to hear is a well reasoned opinion for saving life because they already have a tough case justifying a woman’s selfishness over a baby’s life.