Life Advocates Step in to Help as Abortion
'Our goal is to emphasize that there are resources available, and there
are better answers than abortion.'
As the economy continues to struggle, some Planned Parenthood clinics
are reporting a record number of abortions, according to a recent Los
Angeles Times article.
An Oakland, Calif.-based group that claims to help poor women seeking
reproductive health care reports about 72 percent of its calls are from
women considering abortions, up from 60 percent last year, the Times
A year ago, abortions accounted for 1 percent of business at Planned
Parenthood clinics in Fresno, Calif. Now, it's about 3 percent.
And California taxpayers funded 94,600 abortions for poor women in
2005, the most recent year for which data is available.
Brian Johnston, executive director of the California ProLife Council,
said abortion clinics exploit a woman at her most vulnerable point.
"If she knows she has people who are willing to help her, that greatly
impacts her decision," he said. "Our goal is to emphasize that there
are resources available, and there are better answers than abortion."
Johnston said life advocates have more to offer than "15 minutes on the
"The pro-life movement is made of people who are opening their homes
and pocketbooks," he said. "They are genuinely involved in these
Carrie Gordon Earll, senior bioethics analyst at Focus on the Family
Action, said the pro-life community has a unique opportunity in this
economy to step up and support these women.
"Unexpected circumstances always present opportunity, and this is an
ideal time for local pregnancy centers to increase outreach to women in
unexpected pregnancies," she said. "
"We'd encourage CitizenLink readers to check with their local pregnancy
center to see what they can do to lend additional support during this
time of economic strain."
On the plus side, one of the country's oldest "feminist" health (and
abortion) clinics — Women's Choice Clinic in Oakland — closed last
month because it couldn't pay its bills.
Contact: Jennifer Mesko
Date: May 28, 2009
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