This Time Magazine article about crisis pregnancy centers (CPCs) entitled “The Grass Roots Abortion War” is causing some buzz in the adoption community. There is mention of “making adoption easier,” as a way of decreasing abortions.
They connected,” nurse Joyce Wilson says, recalling the reaction of the women who saw the filmy image of their fetus onscreen. “They bonded. You could just see it.
One interesting feature about this article is that the writer of this article says that “crisis pregnancy centers in the U.S. that are working to end abortion.” Although this is a fact that many people have suspected for some time, I have not seen it stated so honestly before.
This article is an illuminating look at crisis pregnancy centers in the United States, and clearly shows their powerful reach. As the article clearly illustrates, the majority of the crisis pregnancy centers are all controlled by two companies which serve three-fourths of the crisis pregnancy centers in the U.S.
Both sides of this debate were interviewed, often refuting accusations made by the other side. Whatever you believe about abortion, I think it is clear that many of the tactics used by crisis pregnancy centers are questionable.
Although I support the idea of promoting parenting by providing some support for pregnancy women, I cannot condone the terror tactics and outright lies that some of the CPCs use to further their cause. At least it seems they are dropping the pretense of existing to help a young woman with her decision. This article makes CPCs motives crystal clear.
In my view, it is a sad state of affairs in America how we “help” a young woman in a crisis pregnancy. It seems as though young woman are often not given factual information about any of the alternatives. Pro-lifers exaggerate or lie about the affects of abortion, pro-choicers dismiss the affects of abortion and pro-adoption advocates de-emphasize the harm of adoption to a woman. Parenting gets the least mention among the alternatives and not even this option is truthfully presented.
Finding “help” that fairly and honestly offers information about a young pregnant woman’s choice seems nearly impossible. Some believe that if terror tactics prevent abortions, they are justified. Why can’t we just tell the truth about all three options: parenting, abortion and adoption and let pregnant young women evaluate the information and have true choices? They are the ones who suffer the consequences of any choice they make and deserve unbiased and honest information about their choices.