Kathryn Jean Lopez believes that Planned Parenthood steers pregnant teens towards abortion:
Browse on over to their web magazine for minors, www.teenwire.com, and you’ll find, among the question-and-answer, a question from a teen who says she had an abortion “a little over a month ago,” is pregnant again, and wondering if a second abortion is safe. Not only does the teenwire.com staff cavalierly tell the girl (who, I remind you, got pregnant again a month after her first abortion) that abortion is “very safe” the first or second time around, but that abortion “is much safer than giving birth.” While they do throw in a line about preventing pregnancy by using birth control, there’s no talk about adoption or other alternatives — such as raising the child, and getting help to do so — that a desperate girl could afford to hear.
Out of thousands of questions and answers, she picks out this one, which shockingly tells the truth about abortion. It is “very safe” and “much safer than birth.”
The girl (I’m assuming she’s a minor, since the site is aimed at teens, but she could be older) didn’t ask about adoption or parenting, she asked “what are the risks of a second abortion.” She steered herself towards abortion!
If she had wanted information about parenting or adoption, though, there’s plenty of it on the teenwire.com site. (And if you follow that link, you’ll notice that the archives about pregnancy, parenting and adoption are fifth from the top, while the archives about abortion are at the very bottom of the list, further proof of their aggressive marketing of abortion.) For example:
“I’m pregnant. What options do I have?” The teenwire.com staff shamelessly reply that she has three options:
- She can choose to have a baby and raise her child.
- She can choose to have a baby and place her child for adoption.
- She can have an abortion.
Then they have the nerve to tell her that only she can decide which option is right for her! They suggest that she consider what she can live with, her plans for the future, her moral and spiritual beliefs, her future well-being and so on. Then they suggest talking to family, friends or a counselor.
“I’m pregnant. Everyone wants me to get an abortion, but I don’t want to! What do I do?” The teenwire.com staff brazenly tell the girl that only she can decide what is right for her. They tell her that she has three options: “raise the child, place the child for adoption, or have an abortion.” They then suggest talking to a teacher, religious adviser or trained counselor, and go through a list of things to consider before becoming a parent!
And if you do a search for “pregnancy” or “adoption” you’ll find articles like these:
“Prenatal Care for Pregnant Teens.” An article on the importance of seeing a doctor, not smoking, not drinking and eating right during pregnancy.
“Adoption: An Act of Love.” An article about open adoption, including a sweet letter from a birth mother to her baby, and her reflections on how wonderful she feels about her choice.
“The Rights of Teen Parents.” A positive story of a successful teen mom who won the right to take college prep classes, and a list of all the rights teen parents have, such as the right to get a GED, go to school, participate in extracurricular activities and school functions, receive extra help or tutoring, miss school for medical appointments, take a leave of absence for pregnancy, join honor societies, and so on.
I found all this stuff in a matter of minutes. Sure, they’re not shoving adoption and parenthood down the throat of every girl who asks about abortion, but they do tell girls that they have those options, and they do have information on those options for girls who are interested.
And that’s just the teenwire.com site. If a teen is capable of finding teenwire.com, she’s also capable of finding all the other websites out there about adoption and teen parenting. And if she does a Google search for abortion, the first hit is Wikipedia, the second hit is a pro-life site called “abortionfacts.com,” and Planned Parenthood is sixth on the list. Teenwire.com doesn’t even show up!
There’s no reason to think that teenagers don’t have information about adoption and parenting, as well as ample exposure to the pro-life point of view. Anti-abortion pregnancy centers outnumber abortion clinics and anti-abortion ads dominate on TV, radio, billboards and buses. Nearly 60% of teen pregnancies end in birth!
Planned Parenthood focuses on preventing unwanted pregnancy. If not for Planned Parenthood, I wouldn’t have my IUD, which has kept me pregnancy-free for the past six years. (I also used the pill for two years, for a total of eight pregnancy-free years.) I could’ve had dozens of abortions in that time, if not for Planned Parenthood’s clever “marketing ploy.”
What’s so bad about that? What’s so bad about Planned Parenthood helping people who refuse to abstain (like me) avoid pregnancy and abortion? Seems pretty pro-life to me… that is, if your personal definition of “pro-life” is about avoiding abortion, and not controlling women.
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