In this next in our series of blog posts on why you should visit a pregnancy help center such as ours instead of Planned Parenthood, we’re going to break down some more dangerous terminology PP is using to scare women facing unexpected pregnancies.
“Abortion is safe, and serious complications are rare – but the risk to your health increases the longer a pregnancy continues.”
What exactly is PP trying to do with this statement? We believe they are encouraging women to make hasty decisions, before truly looking at all of the options available to them. Making it appear that the longer you wait to make your decision, the more dangerous it will be for you.
“So, you may not want to wait too long.”
It is true that abortion procedures become riskier the later they are done in pregnancy. But you should never feel as if you are being forced to rush into a decision that you may regret later.
If you aren’t sure if abortion is the right decision for you, hearing statements like the one above may make you think you need to decide right away. But if you aren’t sure what you want to do, wouldn’t you feel more comfortable in a loving environment that, rather than profiting off of your decision to abort, offers you the truth about each option facing you, and then offers you resources to help you after you make your decision?
“No health care provider should pressure you into a decision about your pregnancy. All real family planning clinics will give you information about all your options.”
That’s very true – no one who truly cares about your health should ever pressure you into making a decision about your pregnancy. But wouldn’t their previous statements lead you to believe that they are putting pressure on you to hurry up and decide.
From their 2012-2013 annual report, PP acknowledges that they performed 327,166 abortion procedures. That’s in comparison to offering only 19,506 women prenatal services and only 2,197 adoption referrals.
This incredible discrepancy would lead us to believe that maybe Planned Parenthood isn’t practicing what they preach. It seems next to impossible that 94 percent of women facing unplanned pregnancies would choose to abort, if truly given all of the facts about the options facing them.
And that’s in very stark contrast to what we see in our offices. Last year, of the abortion minded women who came to Options for Women, nearly 75 percent of them chose life for their unborn children.
Why would that be? Why would nearly all of Planned Parenthood’s patients choose to abort, while a huge majority of ours would choose the opposite?
Quite simply, it’s because we offer the facts. But we do more than that. We offer a loving, safe environment for the woman and her partner to make the decision that is best for her. There is no bullying, there are no scare tactics used. We simply offer the truth – on pregnancy, abortion, and adoption.
We also offer the facts about the resources available after the decision is made, and make sure the women we serve know that they are not alone. They’ll never have to go through this process alone. Our staff and advocates truly care about the women we serve.
And that’s the main difference between us and Planned Parenthood. We have nothing to profit from, so we can instead simply offer our love and support.