Ask Them What They Mean By “Choice”: Does Planned Parenthood or NARAL Think Choice Eliminates Adoptions?
Jan. 22, 2013
Recently, I wrote an article in response to a story in USA Today about prospective parents having a difficult time adopting children in the U.S. While the article shed light that fewer children were available for adoption, it also brought a sad equation to the picture regarding the number of abortions performed each year by Planned Parenthood and other abortion providers.
On this “Ask Them What They Mean by Choice Day,” I thought it would be great to ask both Planned Parenthood and NARAL a question: If you are in favor of “choice,” then why do you advocate for abortions? You see, choice provides options. While abortion is a grave option that kills an innocent life, there is another option for a woman who may not want to raise a child -- one that would not harm innocent life. This option would be to allow a woman to make a choice for life and allow the child to be raised by a loving adoptive family.
In 2011 alone, Planned Parenthood Federation of America (PPFA) performed 333,964 abortions. This number has climbed over the past year. According to their recent report, 92 percent of pregnancy services (which includes adoption referrals, prenatal care, and abortion) were abortions, while adoption referrals accounted for only 0.6 percent. So, a woman is 145 times more likely to receive an abortion than an adoption referral (333,964 abortions were performed in 2011, but only 2,300 adoption referrals). PPFA continues to be one of the largest abortion providers in theUnited States, and for a group that positions itself as “pro-choice,” they seldom advocate for the choice of adoption.
Thankfully, there are alternatives to Planned Parenthood. Many Pregnancy Resource Centers advocate for adoption or provide resources to those may want to raise their child. Their work often goes unnoticed by the mainstream media. FRC highlighted the works of Pregnancy Resource Centers in the report “A Passion to Serve.” Within this report, there are stories of women who wanted to seek an abortion, only to change their mind upon receiving the support and resources available to either place their children up for adoption or to raise them.
Imagine if one of the 333,964 mothers would have brought her child into the world to be adopted by a loving family. It would have been worth it to see a child thrive and experience life. This is the choice that Planned Parenthood and NARAL neglects to advocate.