With the convictions in the case against abortion doctor Kermit Gosnell – three
counts of murdering live babies and one count of involuntary manslaughter –
abortion is back in the national discussion.
It’s pretty clear from the Grand Jury report that, during Gosnell’s thirty plus
year career, he likely murdered hundreds, if not thousands of babies. But
because of the difficulty in documenting it all, he was just convicted of three.
Reports now are coming in from around the nation indicating that more Gosnells
are out there.
The abortion lobby claims that as long as we have tight regulations on abortion,
a black market will exist. Abortion, they argue, is like any product or service
that consumers want and government prohibits or overregulates. If they can’t get
what they want legally, they will get it illegally.
We also hear that we get Gosnells when government refuses to pay for the
abortions of poor women. The Hyde Amendment, they say, which prohibits Medicaid
compensation for abortion, makes unsafe abortion inevitable.
Poor women, according to this reasoning, desperate because of an unwanted
pregnancy, pressed because regulations and costs make abortion difficult to get,
turn to sleazebag doctors, who will do it cheaply, with no regard for the woman,
the law, or safety.
But it is ironic that those who call themselves “pro-choice” argue that the only
alternatives facing low-income women are unsafe abortions done by sleazebags or
government subsidized abortions.
There is another choice, but those who call themselves “pro-choice” don’t want
women, particularly poor women, to consider this option.
This option is called birth.
When conservatives talk about a culture of responsibility, we’re not just
talking about the personal responsibility of the individual in trouble. We’re
talking about the personal responsibility of the rest of us toward that
There are now thousands of crisis pregnancy centers operating nationwide. Over
2000 are affiliated with either Care Net or Heartbeat International. I maintain
a regular active speaking schedule for and consult with these centers.
They work with pregnant women in trouble and provide them the services they need
to have their child. They provide ultrasound, parental counseling, life
management counseling, help with the physical needs of the mother and child,
and, if need be, help with adoption services.
Unwanted pregnancies often are the result of loneliness, fear, and lack of
information. Crisis pregnancy centers deal with all this
The left, so called “pro-choice” activists, have an interesting concept of a
culture of responsibility. That is to promote a culture that detaches sex from
love and responsibility, that minimizes the central importance of family, that
justifies youth sex, promiscuity, and the “hook-up” culture. In short, a culture
which encourages people to relate to each other in the same callous way as it
encourages women to relate to the unborn children that often result from it all.
Then they want taxpayers, other people, to foot the bill.
Is it any wonder we live in a country in which we are drowning in debt directly
as a result of this culture of entitlement?
Planned Parenthood, which rakes in hundreds of millions in the abortion
business, actively discourages women from going to crisis pregnancy centers.
On the Planned Parenthood website, they call these centers “fake clinics…that
have a history of giving women wrong and biased information”.
These crisis pregnancy centers are financed and run by committed Christian
Americans where women often, for the first time in their lives, experience love
The information they get, that Planned Parenthood calls “wrong and biased,” is
that life should be chosen over death and that responsibility is a community
It is not a given that we must live in a country of promiscuity, unwanted
pregnancies, and abortion. We do have choice.
We can reprogram the destructive culture that we have created and in which we
Star Parker is founder and president of CURE, the Center for Urban Renewal
and Education, a 501c3 think tank which explores and promotes market based
public policy to fight poverty, as well as author of the newly revised Uncle
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