Target: The Society for the Protection of Unborn Children
Goal: Stop production of a leaflet which claims same-sex marriage results in a rise in the number of abortions
A UK anti-abortion group called the Society for the Protection of Unborn Children has recently begun distributing a pamphlet claiming that “real marriage” (as in, marriage defined as being between one man and one woman) protects unborn children. The pamphlet produces no data to back up this claim, but further interviews done by a columnist at Vice.com further outline the warped reasoning used by the group. Basically, studies show that unmarried women get abortions more often than married women do, and according to the group, the legalization of same-sex marriage would so undermine marriage in general that young women would be less likely to marry altogether.
The Vice.com columnist who conducted further interviews with a representative from the group did further research into the matter by looking at data from the five countries where gay marriage has been legal for five years or more to see whether abortion rates increased after same-sex marriage was legalized. Unsurprisingly, there was no real correlation. Of course, when the columnist contacted the group with this information, they insisted that the data was inconclusive since five years wasn’t enough time to make a judgement. When the group was further confronted with the fact that same-sex marriage has been legal in the four states comprising the Netherlands for eleven years, they identified the Netherlands as “one country, that is famously down the path of sexual revolution.”
Ask the Society for the Protection of Unborn Children to cease production of this factually incorrect and massively biased pamphlet. Whatever your views on abortion, spreading false information presented as fact is inexcusable.
Dear Society for the Protection of Unborn Children,
I am writing today regarding the pamphlet your organization is currently producing which infers that legalizing same-sex marriage results in an increase in number of abortions. Factually, there is no data to support this conclusion, as was explained to you by Jamie Lee Curtis Taete from Vice.com. However, the representative from your group who was being interviewed by Taete ignored the information and insisted that not enough data existed to support his conclusion that there was no connection between legalization of same-sex marriage and abortion rates.
The connections made by your group to justify this conclusion are weak at best, and based on obviously biased information. To produce this conclusion as fact in a pamphlet cannot be justified, regardless of your beliefs on same-sex marriage and abortion. I ask that you cease production of this pamphlet immediately and stop spreading misinformation as truth.
[Your Name Here]
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