“Unsafe: America’s Abortion Industry Endangers Women,” tells the story of how the abortion industry bet everything on a strategy of total repeal of the nation’s abortion laws, believing against the evidence that abortion would be safe if it were just made legal. America’s women lost that bet—big time—when the U.S. Supreme Court struck down abortion laws in all 50 states in Roe v. Wade. Unsafe is the comprehensive, documented record of the tragic consequences of that decision. Unsafe reveals the reality of conditions in abortion businesses, documenting that more than 300 facilities in 39 states were cited for more than 2,400 health and safety deficiencies between 2008 and 2020, including hundreds of significant violations of state laws meant to ensure basic health and safety.
Steven H. Aden, Chief Legal Officer & General Counsel at Americans United for Life, who led the years-long investigative project, said, “However bad you may think the situation is in abortion businesses across the country, for the women and girls who walk through those doors, I’m sorry to tell you that it’s worse than you ever imagined. The truth is sobering, but by exposing the ugly underside of the abortion cartel, the dirty and dangerous conditions, pro-life advocates can effectively put the lie to abortion industry claims that abortion is a routine, ‘safe’ medical procedure.”
Catherine Glenn Foster, President & CEO of Americans United for Life, and a post-abortive woman, added, “Compiling Unsafe brought back all of the trauma of my own abortion story. From the moment I entered that abortion facility, nothing felt right. No information, no care, no compassion. Nothing restored my choice, my autonomy, or my sense of empowerment. They were just stripped from me over and over. The abuse chronicled in Unsafe shows the suffering of women and girls, like me, pushed towards abortion and gravely mistreated by the profit-driven abortionists. We should all feel ashamed. Women deserve better.”
Praise from leaders across the country for Unsafe-
“I applaud AUL for its courage and commitment to life by way of the publication of Unsafe. This detailed report exposes the terrible conditions in America’s abortion clinics—conditions which endanger the lives of some of America’s most vulnerable women. I will continue to lead the charge in South Dakota to protect the preborn because every person has an inalienable right to life. –Governor Kristi Noem (South Dakota)
“I always knew the abortion business in America did not take the health and safety of its patients seriously. This shocking new AUL report, Unsafe, highlights the dangers of the abortion industry across 39 states. As a member of Congress and a former state legislator, I know first-hand what an asset this report will be to help keep women safe, protect the unborn, and expose the truth about the abortion industry. It’s an honor to stand with Americans United for Life as they shine a light on the abortion industry for all Americans to see.”—Rep. Steve Scalise (LA-01)
“I am grateful to Americans United for Life for their work in publishing Unsafe 2.0. It is critical that legislators and the public have this information to expose and combat the abortion industry in the fight to protect preborn babies and their mothers from abortion.” —Sen. Steve Daines (Montana)
Americans United for Life (AUL) is a nonprofit, public-interest law and policy organization that holds the distinction of being the first national pro-life organization in America—incorporated in 1971. It protects and defends human life from conception to natural death through vigorous legislative, judicial, and educational efforts.
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