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Father Pavone: Abortion No Help for Rape Victims

Contact: Jerry Horn, Priests for Life, 540-220-0095

WASHINGTON, August 1 /Christian Newswire/ -- Father Frank Pavone, national director of Priests for Life, commented on the newly released Mason-Dixon poll regarding South Dakota's abortion ban.

"It is not surprising that many voters feel the law should allow a rape and incest exception. That's because they think abortion helps a sexual assault victim. Every study done on this topic actually shows that sexual assault is a contraindication for abortion, because the abortion reinforces the experience of trauma that the sexual assault created. We all want to help the victims of rape and incest -– and abortion provides no such help at all."

For information, see the book Victims and Victors (Reardon, Sobie, eds.) and www.priestsforlife.org.

Priests for Life is the nation's largest Catholic pro-life organization dedicated to ending abortion and euthanasia. For more information, visit www.priestsforlife.org.