If you are anything like me, I’m sure that the constant news coverage of the tragic Colorado massacre is beginning to wear upon your hearts and, for that matter, your nerves. As the news cycle has continued to put out story after story about this event and its perpetrator, the world has kept on turning. Some news about Syria has emerged, as has some interesting tidbits about the Olympic Games and some new security concerns there. I’ll try to cover these stories later this week if nothing new pops up. But this next story really caught my eye, and I have a lot to say about it.
I was browsing the news and I noticed a story about a young woman who died at a Chicago Planned Parenthood clinic from medical complications following the abortion of her child. I know people die every single day, but this story really stood out to me because it points out a glaringly ironic flaw in the morals behind Planned Parenthood’s provision of abortions to young women. The organization’s website champions abortion as a “safe and effective” way to terminate a pregnancy, yet calls to both local and national Planned Parenthood offices about this young woman’s demise were “not returned,” according to an article in the Chicago Sun-Times. If Planned Parenthood really was dedicated to “health and safety,” would not the organization release a statement or a comment about this woman’s death and how it relates to the risks that accompany abortion?
On the Planned Parenthood website, there is a limited amount of information regarding the safety of abortion procedures. Here is a selection from the site:
Even though in-clinic abortion procedures are generally very safe, in extremely rare cases, serious complications may be fatal. To understand this risk, it may help to compare it to the risk of childbirth:
- The risk of death from childbirth is 11 times greater than the risk of death from an abortion procedure during the first 20 weeks of pregnancy.
- After 20 weeks, the risk of death from childbirth and abortion are about the same.
Although these figures are probably true, I am still extremely perturbed. It seems to me that Planned Parenthood is attempting to downplay the overall risks of abortion and even to portray it as a better option than pregnancy. The risk of death from abortion is small, yes, but for some women, childbirth may be a safer option than abortion. Planned Parenthood also buries the emotional trauma of abortion, which can be utterly devastating for many women. Citing no numbers or facts, Planned Parenthood’s website asserts that most women “ultimately feel relief” after an abortion, and that those that feel guilt feel it due to “emotional problems before [the] abortion” or to people not being “supportive” of the decision. I would argue that this is all entirely untrue. Most women do feel guilty following an abortion because it is, at its heart, a destruction of human life for the sake of convenience. Few women who get abortions need to do so to save their own lives; instead, most women abort their children to save time, energy, and money. Moral consciousness runs deep in human beings, and the assertion that the average women will not feel anything after destroying a human life is simply untrue and clearly demonstrates that Planned Parenthood’s top priority is to continue earning millions upon millions of dollars from the denial of human life, not to pursue “health and safety” for women.
What are your thoughts? Let me know in the comments below, and I’ll be sure to get back to you.