Monday, February 18, 2013
Abortion is not a stepping stone to workplace equality
Abortion advocates contend that without abortion on demand, which the Supreme Court imposed on all states 40 years ago through Roe v. Wade, "women are unable to participate equally with men in the nation's social, political and economic life." That would be news to the millions of women who have had children while also making impressive and meaningful contributions to society, politics and professional enterprises.
Meanwhile, women who face financial and personal challenges during pregnancy and after giving birth are receiving financial, medical and practical help plus emotional and spiritual support from pregnancy centers around the country, such as those overseen by CareNet and Heartbeat International.
Unlike billion-dollar abortion enterprises like Planned Parenthood that get half a billion in tax dollars a year while performing a million abortions in three years,[i] these pregnancy centers provide compassionate and life-changing services through charitable contributions, devoted staff and volunteers who demonstrate love in action. Women are able to "participate equally with men" as the young fathers learn--through pregnancy centers' education, counseling and mentoring--to share in the responsibility and fulfillment of bringing a new life into the world.
With such safety net resources and a life-affirming perspective, surely we can all--women, men and children--live and thrive together.
[i] Based on Planned Parenthood’s annual report for fiscal year 2011-2012 showing that the organization has net assets exceeding $1.2 billion, received $542 million in taxpayer funding and performed 333,964 abortions during fiscal year 2011. Their previous annual reports show that the organization performed 329,445 abortions in 2010 and 332,278 abortions in 2009, bringing the total number of abortions in three years to nearly 1 million abortions.