Pro-Life Wisconsin, an anti-abortion activist group, sent an email on May 30 to its members about prayer vigils at birth control centers that are scheduled to take place on June 7.
The email features a graphic that says, "The Pill Kills" and the following text:
Every year pro-lifers throughout Wisconsin mark the anniversary of the June 7, 1965 Griswold v. Connecticut U.S. Supreme Court decision with prayer vigils at local birth control centers. The landmark Griswold decision paved the way for abortion on demand in America by legalizing contraception and defining the so-called "right to privacy" upon which the 1973 Roe v. Wade decision was based.
At the same time, however, these vigils also serve as a public celebration of the family and the joy that is experienced in following God’s plan for love and life. Participate in a Griswold Vigil near you!
On May 8, Pro-Life Wisconsin called for state lawmakers to remove a "medical emergency exception" from a proposed bill, "The Pain Capable Unborn Child Protection Act."
The group issued a press release that said:
There are no situations where abortion, defined as the direct and intentional killing of an unborn child, is medically necessary to save the life of the mother. Over 900 pro-life doctors and medical researchers have signed the Dublin Declaration, a document stating that abortion is never medically necessary to save a mother's life. Even abortionists agree that abortion is not necessary to save a woman's life.
A similar assertion was made in 2012 by then-Republican Rep. Joe Walsh of Illinois, which brought this response from the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists:
Contrary to the inaccurate statements made yesterday by Rep. Joe Walsh (R-IL), abortions are necessary in a number of circumstances to save the life of a woman or to preserve her health. Unfortunately, pregnancy is not a risk-free life event, particularly for many women with chronic medical conditions. Despite all of our medical advances, more than 600 women die each year from pregnancy and childbirth-related reasons right here in the US. In fact, many more women would die each year if they did not have access to abortion to protect their health or to save their lives.
Sources: Pro-Life Wisconsin (2), American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists / Photo credit: Ceridwen/Wikimedia