Tuesday, April 25, 2006

Gonzaga U. Right to Life to Host Abortion Impact Forum -- April 25

Dale Goodwin, Director of Public Relations
Peter Tormey, Associate Director
April 24, 2006
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Right to Life Club Aims to Expose Rhetoric vs. Reality

The Gonzaga University Right to Life Club will host an opportunity for the public to hear Spokane area women tell their personal stories about abortion in a forum that is free and open to the public and begins at 8 p.m., Tuesday, April 25 in the Spokane Room of the COG.

The event is designed to bring greater awareness of the profound and long-lasting impact abortion can have on those women who undergo the procedure and, often, the men who would have been fathers.

"One in five of all (U.S.) abortions performed are oncollege women," said Nick Paradis, president of Gonzaga University Right to Life. "Sadly, the promises of legal abortion did come true for the many women who chose abortion during their college years. Their education, health, and welfare were compromised and in many cases severely damaged. The time is right to hear the truth about abortion from the women who have experienced it."

The event is part of Silent No More Awareness, an international campaign in which Christians seek to inform the public about the devastating impacts abortion brings to both the women and men involved. One of the main speakers is affiliated with the Silent No MoreAwareness campaign, which seeks to expose and heal the secrecysurrounding the emotional and physical pain of abortion. Since officially launching the campaign in January 2003, 3,363 people have registered online, 138 gatherings have taken place in four countries and44 states where 2,005 participants have shared their testimonies, and more than 11,665 spectators have heard the message.

For more information, visit the campaign's Web site. To schedule an interview or for more information about the event at Gonzaga, contact Nick Paradis at nparadis@gonzaga.edu.

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