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The Faces of Roe: Women and Men Victimized by Abortion

Core Message:

Expose the human carnage inflicted on Americans by Roe v Wade and demonstrate the benefit to society if the Dobbs late-term abortion case is upheld by the US Supreme Court.

Talking Points:

  • Roe has inflicted unfathomable bloodshed on American citizens.
  • Late-term abortion happens much more frequently than Americans realize and are done mostly for social and economic reasons.
  • Had the Mississippi 15-week legislation been in effect, countless Americans like Irene and Elliott (whose voices are heard in the special) could have been spared from unspeakable physical and emotional trauma.
  • Women will not be abandoned without access to abortion. The pro-life movement is their most loyal advocate.

Suggested Questions for the Interview

How far into pregnancy is abortion legal and how many abortions have been done?

Tell us what Dobbs v Jackson Women’s Health Organization is about, and how do you think the Supreme Court will rule?

Do you think the Court will overturn Roe v Wade, and if so, will abortion end in America?

Are pro-lifers equipped to help women who don’t have access to abortion, or will they be abandoned as some abortion advocates say?

What message do you have for women and men who have chosen abortion but now regret their decision?

What can our listeners do to help save the babies and protect their mothers?


Frequently Asked Questions

Q: How many abortions have there been since 1973?

A:  Since the US Supreme Court legalized abortion, over 63 million babies have been sacrificed on the altar of so-called “choice.”  That is more than the entire population of Italy.

Q: Is abortion only legal during the first three months of pregnancy?

A: No, contrary to many reports in the media Roe v Wade and its companion case Doe v Bolton legalized abortion for any reason throughout pregnancy, even if the woman wants an abortion in her eighth month of pregnancy simply because the baby is the wrong sex.

Q: What is the Supreme Court Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization all about?

A: The state legislature of Mississippi passed the Gestational Age Act; a 15 week ban on abortion with bipartisan support.  Mississippi’s only abortion facility, Jackson Women’s Health Organization, sued to stop the bill. The Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled the law was unconstitutional and the US Supreme Court agreed to hear and rule on the case.  If the Supreme Court upholds the law, abortion after 15 weeks will end in Mississippi and any other state can pass the same legislation.  Many feel the Court will take this opportunity to reverse Roe.

Q: If Roe v Wade is overturned by the US Supreme Court, will that end the practice of abortion in America?

A: No, if Roe is overturned, it will give elected state legislatures the authority to determine abortion laws for each individual state.  In 1973 a panel of unelected judges declared by edict that abortion was legal during all nine months of pregnancy for any reason. This left Americans without a voice on the most controversial issue of modern history.  Most Americans want their elected officials making abortion laws for their state.

Q: Shouldn’t abortion be available for women victimized by rape or incest?

A: Rape and incest are horrific crimes, and the assailants should be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.  The woman and her baby are victims and should be supported and cared for to the best of our ability.  However, we should not inflict a punishment of death on the baby for the crime of his or her biologic father.  Women have often said that the act of abortion was a second act of violence against their bodies and emotional wellbeing.  Violence in response to violence is not the answer.

Q: If the Dobbs case ends abortions at 15 weeks, is it really a baby at that point, or is it just a mass of tissue?

A: An unborn baby is remarkably developed at 15 weeks and his or her humanity is undeniable.  She has a fully formed nose, lips, eyelids, and eyebrows.  She can suck her thumb and 26 quarts of blood circulate through her body every day.  Ultrasound observations already demonstrate whether the baby will be right or left-handed.  An unborn child at 15 weeks can feel the excruciating pain of an abortion.

Q: Is it true that an unborn baby can feel the pain of abortion?

A: In many cases, yes. Dr. Stuart Derbyshire, one of the world’s top neuroscientists used to believe that an unborn child could not feel pain until 24 weeks.  But with new scientific evidence Dr. Derbyshire now believes a child can feel pain at 12 weeks.  Other experts believe a baby can feel pain as early as eight weeks.

Q: Will ending legal abortion cause thousands of women to suffer and die from illegal back-alley abortion?

A: No. America’s legal abortion industry already resembles inept back-alley abortion.  Notorious abortionists like Kermit Gosnell, Steven Chase Brigham, Leroy Carhart, and many others have seriously injured women and killed their babies.  Legal abortion is widely unregulated that has resulted in appalling conditions inside abortion facilities.

Q: Won’t ending abortion take women back decades and strip them of their right to decide what to do?

A: Roe v Wade was decided on medical science that is a half-century old.  Americans want abortion laws based on modern science and basic human compassion.  71% believe there should be significant restrictions on abortion.

Brad’s Bio

Bradley Mattes (MAT-tis) is president of Life Issues Institute, an international pro-life educational organization. The group was founded by pro-life pioneer Dr. John C. Willke and Brad in 1991. Its primary objective is to globally develop and disseminate effective pro-life educational material and research.

For eight seasons, Brad was host and executive producer of Facing Life Head-On, a weekly pro-life TV program that was available to more than 100 million homes in the US and Canada. The program earned three Regional Emmy® awards and several other industry accolades before production ceased in 2015.

Brad also hosts Life Issues, a daily radio commentary on abortion and other life issues. Carried on over 1,300 radio outlets across the US, the program was recognized by National Religious Broadcasters with the 2016 Radio Impact Award.

Brad also hosts various half-hour radio programs on such topics as the anniversary of Roe v. Wade, adoption, men and abortion, and US Supreme Court vacancies.

Brad is president of the International Right to Life Federation and a frequent international speaker and lecturer on abortion and related life issues. He works with other countries to establish a pro-life educational and counseling presence. He also is chairman of the board of directors of the Terri Schiavo Life and Hope Network, working to protect vulnerable individuals and educate others on end-of-life issues.

Brad has done considerable anecdotal research on the effects of abortion on men, and his writings on this topic have been printed in US and international publications. He has a master’s degree in Biblical Studies and Biblical Counseling from Master’s International University of Divinity and has developed undergraduate and post-graduate courses on men and abortion.

A veteran of the pro-life cause, Brad has more than 46 years of educational, political, and humanitarian experience. Currently, he serves to protect innocent human life as:

  • Peer counselor to men who’ve lost a child to abortion
  • Media spokesperson for television, radio, and newspapers
  • Speaker at pro-life banquet and educational events