by Steven Ertelt, LifeNews.com Editor
April 2, 2009
Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) -- In a challenging economic climate -- where some opinion columnists are celebrating what appears to be a temporary abortion increase -- Feminists for Life of America says more must be done to give women alternatives.
Recent news articles have shown Planned Parenthood, the nation's largest abortion business, talking about certain locations across the country experiencing record abortion numbers.
But FFLA president Serrin Foster has noticed that none of the stories include quotes from abortion advocates lamenting the situation and proposing concrete solutions for stopping the increase.
"Abortion providers speak in a compassionate-sounding way about women who are driven to abortion by the loss of a job, lack of health care, low income, or lack of support from the father of the child, who may also be facing dire straits," Foster told LifeNews.com in an email.
"But they do nothing to address the root causes that drive these women to abortion," she says. "Women deserve better. We must do more than simply wring our hands and accept failures [of more abortions in a bad economy.]"
Foster says abortion centers may provide a supposed solution to a woman and her partner's temporary problem, but they fail to help women and couples alleviate the problems further. "These women still face the same economic strife. They went back to work for the same employers who didn't accommodate their needs," Foster says. "They went home to the same husbands or partners who wouldn't or couldn't provide the support they needed and deserved." "How did abortion address any of these issues?" Foster questions. Foster says abortion advocates aren't doing any more than pointing figures at the problem and ignoring -- even opposing -- good solutions.
She said "abortion providers simply bemoan the lack of health care for working uninsured and poor pregnant women" when they should "demand that all states apply for available funding under the State Children’s Health Insurance Program."
While "abortion providers simply talk about women who are poor and need prenatal care," Foster says she can "tell women in need that pregnancy resource centers help lead women through the maze of available resources, including how to access Medicare funding and private sources of help."
Foster is calling for pro-life advocates and pro-life feminists "who believe women and men are capable of working together for nonviolent, holistic solutions" to "lead the way" in providing solutions to pregnant women in dire financial straits other than abortion.
Feminists for Life of America publishes a magazine entitled the American Feminist and its next issue puts its money where Fosters mouth is. It is an expanded and improved edition of “Raising Kids Cheap," a prior publication that provides resource listings for pregnant and parenting women.
"As you can imagine, this tool will be a welcome source of support for parents as well as pregnant women who feel forced to choose between their children and their education or careers, which are vital to caring for their children," Foster says.
Related web sites: Feminists for Life of America - http://www.feministsforlife.org/