FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Women at Risk, a national coalition of women and their family members who have been hurt by past abortions, will be holding their first national conference in St. Louis, Missouri, on August 7th and 8th, 1998.
"The goal of this national conference is to create state and local chapters which will advocate for laws to safeguard women from unwanted and dangerous abortions," said Miriam Dapra, conference coordinator.
As a new public advocacy organization, Women at Risk is seeking to protect the health and safety of women by making abortion practitioners properly liable for abortion related injuries.
Dapra said a major concern is that "as many as 30 to 50 percent of women are submitting to unwanted abortions because of the demands of their parents, boyfriends, or husbands. Abortionists should be required to protect these women from being forced into a violation of their consciences that will result in severe self-reproach, grief, and other psychological problems."
As a public voice for those who have had abortions, Women at Risk will also strive to promote a more sensitive and healing environment for women and families who struggle with a past abortion. The national, state and local chapters will also provide referrals to appropriate counseling services for those suffering from a negative abortion experience.
If you are someone who has been hurt by abortion, or if you simply want to help in this effort to protect women and their families, additional information about Women at Risk or their conference is available on request. Write to: Women At Risk, PO Box 7375, Springfield, IL 62791-7375, or phone Miriam Dapra at (217) 525-5879.
For more information, contact: Miriam Dapra, (217) 525-5879