Abortion: Why is Pro-Choice So Hard to Support?

Abortion is such a hot topic that people have killed in the name of God to stop the procedure. There was recently a bill in South Dakota that was struck down that attempted to change language in a law that would allow for the killing of abortion doctors.

Thankfully, that was struck down.

Now the House of Representatives has voted to bar Planned Parenthood from federal funding. Planned Parenthood is a reproductive health clinic. It’s not an abortion clinic, but it does give access to women who need referrals for an abortion procedure. They leave the moral choice of whether a woman wants to have a child or not up to the woman.

I have personal experience with Planned Parenthood. I’ve gone for a reproductive health exam. During that time, in no way, was I talked to about abortion or told I was to have an abortion if I ever had an unplanned pregnancy.

It’s really bizarre to me that people think if you walk into a Planned Parenthood clinic, you’ll be strapped down and given an abortion. My experience with PP has been the total opposite. The nurses and doctors have asked me if I’d like to have a family one day. I told them yes, so they explained to me what I could do to keep my body healthy in order to have a healthy baby one day. They suggested I don’t smoke (or stop smoking if I do–which I don’t), don’t drink while I’m pregnant (which should be common sense), and maintain a healthy diet and exercise. They’re very pro-family, but they are also pro-choice leaving the choice of motherhood up to the woman.

They don’t proselytize their patients on abortion issues or moral issues. They are medical professionals without an agenda. I should clarify–their agenda is to keep their patients reproductive organs at optimal health so that a man or woman can live healthy, disease free, and be able to have children when they choose to. They provide HIV tests, cancer screenings, birth control and more. If anything, I’ve found most people who are in the waiting room at Planned Parenthood already have families (with them).

What about s0-called “Crisis Pregnancy Centers?” From a blog I read, it seems that Crisis Pregnancy Centers (most of which are Christian ran) are not medical clinics at all, and do not openly disclose that they’re against abortion. They present themselves with the guise that they’re a pregnancy center, but they don’t offer the kinds of medical check ups and tests that pregnant women need, like they do at Planned Parenthood. What’s worse than being in a real crisis with a pregnancy? Being lied to, or omitted important (and time-sensitive) information when you need to make a decision whether you will keep a baby, put it up for adoption, or just need medical advice.

Crisis pregnancy centers should be illegal.

If a woman chooses to have an abortion, that choice is usually made after careful thought and counsel is sought out. It’s not some flippant thing. I’ve known women who’ve had abortions and they’re not baby killers. They’re women who were caught in a place that you and I probably have not been, walking down a path that we probably haven’t walked down. However, some women, like Representative Jackie Speier, have had to have an abortion due to pregnancy complications. She told her story yesterday. The pregnancy was wanted, but Rep. Speier had to make a complicated decision. She shared her opinions with the House: “But for you to stand on this floor and to suggest, as you have, that somehow this is a procedure that is either welcomed or done cavalierly or done without any thought is preposterous.”

I can’t understand why America wants to “play God” in this debate. Whether you morally agree or disagree with an abortion, don’t you agree that a woman who has a complications should have the right to terminate the pregnancy? Shouldn’t it be a personal matter? In addition, shouldn’t our government provide funding for a medically necessary procedure that may save a woman’s life?

Furthermore, it seems that facts surrounding this issue are always grossly skewed by Christian groups. Focus on the Family is not an accurate source of information for abortion facts. Studies have shown that not all women have terrible emotional problems after undertaking an abortion, which is something that Christian groups heartily attempt to disprove.

I say if we can’t settle on a common ground related to abortion, let’s at least settle here: women and men should have access to reproductive health care; contraceptives and birth control should be accessible to all people; and abortions should remain legal in America, so that women have freedom to choose.

Taking away funding from Planned Parenthood will take all that away. Take a stand and support Planned Parenthood. I stand with Planned Parenthood. Please share this article or the link to support Planned Parenthood.

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Lisa Kerr

Lisa is a writer, editor and humorist who has been featured on the Huffington Post, Philly.com, New York magazine, and BreakThru Radio. Find more of her at: thelisakerr.com.

One Comment

  1. Fundamentalist Christians who fight against the right to choose display the typical black-or-white attitude they use for everything else: anyone who even conceives of the possibility of terminating a pregnancy is evil, unworthy, and doing the work of the devil. They think that there is no such thing as allowing women to make up their mind. No. If you as much as give space for the possibility, they figure you’re proselytizing, campaigning, and trying to convince others to terminate pregnancies.

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