National Right to Life, March for Life Action, the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention, and dozens of other pro-life groups have released a joint statement condemning an effort to criminalize women seeking an abortion.
“As national and state pro-life organizations, representing tens of millions of pro-life men, women, and children across the country, let us be clear: We state unequivocally that any measure seeking to criminalize or punish women is not pro-life and we stand firmly opposed to such efforts,” the statement read.
The letter said women seeking abortion are not murderers but are a “victim of a callous industry.” The letter addressed the leaked opinion of Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito which would, if confirmed, overturn Roe V. Wade and place the question of abortion at the state level. “This will be a tremendous opportunity for states to create durable policy that can stand the test of time,” the pro-life group’s letter said. “But in seizing that opportunity, we must ensure that the laws we advance to protect unborn children do not harm their mothers.”
The letter was in response to a Louisiana bill that sought to bring murder charges against women who seek an abortion. Following national backlash, the state House voted 65-26 to overhaul the bill and replace it with new language from a new pro-life bill.
76 different pro-life groups signed the letter, which called criminalizing women “antithetical” to their mission. “We will continue to work for initiatives that protect unborn children and policies that provide and strengthen life-affirming resources for abortion-vulnerable women.”
“We are America’s leading advocates for life,” read the letter. “We come from very different backgrounds and perspectives, but we are united in our mission to protect unborn children and American women from the greed of the abortion industry. We have been in this fight for decades – many of us have dedicated our lives to this cause. We understand better than anyone else the desire to punish the purveyors of abortion who act callously and without regard to the dignity of human life. But turning women who have abortions into criminals is not the way.”