Former senator and presidential candidate Rick Santorum’s latest column at the Worldnutdaily is about the 40th anniversary of Roe v Wade and the March for Life. Unsurprisingly, it contains some seriously slanted rhetoric on the subject.
After 40 years, the media owe it to the American public to tell the truth about the activists on both sides of the debate. For years they portrayed pro-choice activists as crusaders for women’s health and freedom and the pro-life movement as mountaintop moralizers with judges who are singularly focused on forcing women to do what they think is right without concern for the difficult circumstances far too many women are forced to confront.
It is true that pro-lifers stand outside of abortion clinics in hopes of talking and praying with expectant mothers about the consequences of the deadly decision they have made. In between conversations, they pray for those inside. But that’s just the tip of the iceberg for the concern for the mother and her child. In the past 20 years, there has been an explosion of free clinics started by people of faith that receive no government funds and provide supportive services to women before and after pregnancy. It’s not just about counseling and prayer; it’s also about clothing, diapers, wipes, toys and, in some cases, food and housing are provided to mothers and their babies.
But most of all, these clinics are about unconditional love. All over the country, pro-life activists are there for the unborn child and her mother, not to mention support for the fathers who are on hand. Unconditional love means that these pregnancy centers are not just there for mothers and their children, they are there to love, counsel and support even the mothers who have taken the life of their child through abortion.
Notice what he didn’t mention? Medical care. These “crisis pregnancy centers” aren’t clinics; clinics provide medical care. They’re just places where anti-abortion folks fool women into thinking they’re going to a clinic so they can harangue them.
Contrast that with the abortion clinics like Planned Parenthood that receive significant government funding. They provide counseling to encourage abortion, which they then provide for a profit. They refuse to help women who choose life and make money on those who choose death. It isn’t about health and freedom, and it certainly isn’t about love.
It’s not supposed to be about love. They’re clinics, not Leo Buscaglia’s house. And no, they don’t refuse to help women who don’t want an abortion; in fact, they provide pre-natal care to women, usually at reduced rates. Like at their clinics in Southeastern Virginia, which provides the following:
Our prenatal program includes:
- An initial visit where a full prenatal lab profile is done
- Follow-up visits each month for the first 7 months
- Visits every 2 weeks during the 8th month
- Visits weekly until the delivery of your baby
- An ultrasound, performed to document the normal development of your baby, usually between the 18th and 20th week of pregnancy
- Additional or repeat studies performed as needed
They also provide breast exams, pap tests and testing for sexually transmitted diseases, all of which protect the health of the mother and their child, and much more. None of that is available at “pro-life” “clinics.”