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Which takes us to myth number three: the myth that legalized abortion automatically means safe abortion. Again, the writers in The Cost of ?Choice? beg to differ. Attorney Denise Burke writes, ?With the abortion industry?s own statistics as a basis, it is clear that thousands of women are being injured by abortion each year and that some of them die.? And then there?s the physical aftermath of abortion, examined most thoroughly here by Dr. Angela Lanfranchi in an essay on the much-maligned link between abortion and breast cancer.

To enumerate all the abortion-related myths dealt with here could take all day. But really, they?re all part of one greater myth: the myth that abortion is good for women. As this book demonstrates, nothing could be further from the truth. Wilberforce Forum Fellow Paige Comstock Cunningham of the Center for Bioethics and Human Dignity sums it up well: ?Women are simply offered abortion, the quick fix, while genuinely meaningful solutions to their social or personal problems are left unexplored. . . . As long as abortion on demand remains legal and a constitutional right, women will continue to be isolated and exploited.? Please, don?t tell us abortion is good for women.

For further reading and information:

Erika Bachiochi, ed., The Cost of ?Choice?: Women Evaluate the Impact of Abortion  (Encounter Books, 2004). In this book, the writers argue that over the last three decades, legal abortion has had harmful effects on women?socially, medically, psychologically and culturally.

This year?s March for Life in Washington, D.C., will take place on Monday, January 24, 2005 . To learn more, visit the website , or call 202-543-3377.

Erika Bachiochi, ? The abortion debate ,? Washington Times, 29 October 2004 .

Jan Wolfe, ? Feminist argues cost of abortion ,? The Heights ( Boston College), 9 December 2004 .

Steven Ertelt, ? Women Who Regret Their Abortions to Speak at Supreme Court ,?, 11 January 2005 .

BreakPoint Commentary No. 041026, ? Human Life: It?s What Matters Most .?

BreakPoint Commentary No. 041015, ? Politics First, Women Second: The Illness They Won?t Talk About .?

Brian McGuire, ? Abortion: A Tool of Male Oppression? ? interview with Serrin Foster, National Catholic Register, 16-22 April 2000.

Jill Stanek , ? How does ?moderating pro-choice position? translate? ?, 5 January 2005 .

Debra Rosenburg, ? Anxiety Over Abortion ,? Newsweek, 20 December 2005 .

BreakPoint?s ? Culture of Life Packet ? includes the Family Research Council booklet, ?Building a Culture of Life: A Call to Respect Human Dignity in American Life,? and a ?BreakPoint This Week? CD interview with William Saunders of Family Research Council in which he discusses what citizens can do to make a difference for life. The CD also includes a speech by Dr. Robert George, ?Bioethics and the Clash of Orthodoxies.?

Chuck Colson

Chuck Colson was the Chief Counsel for Richard Nixon and served time in prison for Watergate-related charges. In 1976, Colson founded Prison Fellowship Ministries, which, in collaboration with churches of all confessions and denominations, has become the world's largest outreach to prisoners, ex-prisoners, crime victims, and their families.
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