Planned Parenthood’s New Abortion Numbers–Going Nowhere But Up

Planned Parenthood released a new fact sheet yesterday with updated numbers for their services from the most recent year with data available, 2009. Surprise surprise, abortions are up, and adoptions are waaaay down.

Planned Parenthood’s trend of increasing their abortion numbers continues, with 332,278 unborn children killed in 2009, a 2.5% increase since 2008. The increase represents at least another $4 million in income for Planned Parenthood.

Meanwhile, adoption referrals are down 59%, with only 977 referrals in 2009. Planned Parenthood now does 333 abortions for every single adoption referral. Yes, it’s disgusting.

And, as in 2008, Planned Parenthood performed more abortions than it “prevented,” according to a second fact sheet: 332,278 abortions to an estimated 291,000 prevented. Don’t let anyone try to tell you that without Planned Parenthood, we would have more abortions–it’s not true.

  • Alexa

    I looked at the fact sheets you linked to. The number 291,000 is the number of abortions “averted,” which means that’s the number of adoption referrals. This means that without Planned Parenthood to refer them in a safe, nonjudgmental environment, 291,000 women may have aborted rather than going through with their pregnancies.

    The more important number is the one for abortions prevented by preventing unwanted pregnancies from happening in the first place. That number is 612,000, almost twice the number of abortions.

    MOST of Planned Parenthood’s services involve contraception, NOT abortion. Only 3% of their services are abortions. Most of what they do is prevent pregnancies. THIS LOWERS ABORTION RATES.

    If you are pro life and you want to save the lives of the unborn, you actually should be 100% in favor of funding planned parenthood, because it prevents hundreds of thousands of abortions a year through preventing the pregnancies in the first place.

    332,278 abortions

    • farmchick20

      But we want to stop ALL abortions (except those required to save the mother in an ectopic pregnancy). So why would we be in favor of an organization that may stop some abortions (though I have serious doubt about that), but still provides an easy way to end an unwanted child's life?

      • alexa_bear

        I don't understand why it's so important that you stop ALL abortions, when you could simply stop MOST of them by supporting groups that provide affordable contraception. Isn't it better to save 3,500 lives out of 4,000 a day than to save zero?

        I disagree that Planned Parenthood provides an "easy" way to end a child's life. Abortion is one of the most horrendous, painful, and upsetting experiences anyone can go through. It is surgery, and it is heart-wrenching. Most mothers grieve for years afterwards, not to mention bleed for sometimes weeks, and suffer incapacitating cramps. No woman I know who's aborted has EVER called it an "easy" way. It's killing a life, right? If you think that's "easy" for anybody, that's pretty terrifying.

        • livewell8

          "when you could simply stop MOST of them by supporting groups that provide affordable contraception"

          Study the real world. NYC is the free contraception capitol of the USA…it also is the abortion capitol with 41% of pregnancies ending in abortion. You are buying false promises. Show me where free contraception = a 85% reduction in abortion?

          Cite where please.

          • alexa_bear

            My pleasure!

            "In fact, abortion rates have dropped most in countries where contraception use has increased in recent years, according to a new report by the Guttmacher Institute and the World Health Organization studying abortion patterns throughout the world. Abortion rates were actually lower in countries with legal abortion because contraception was also readily available."

            from http://www.progressivestates.org/node/692/states-

            "Ensuring that low-income women have access to affordable contraception is a crucial, common-sense way to prevent unintended pregnancies, which often end in abortion."

            from http://blog.faithinpubliclife.org/2010/11/pro-cho

            "Sex Education, Contraception Key To Lowering Abortion Rate Among Blacks, Guttmacher CEO Writes"
            http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/181614.p
            http://www.economist.com/blogs/democracyinamerica

          • livewell8

            Guttmacher is a pro-abortion group that is closely tied to Planned Parenthood and used to be the same organization. Non-biased sources please. This is just opinions, not research.

            The abortion rate in the US has mostly dropped because people are choosing abortion less. At its peak, about 30% of unborn children were killed by abortion, now about 19%. That is the biggest statistical difference. Unwanted pregnancy is down slightly.

            Can contraception low abortion rate, sure but when it is packed in a way that gives people false confidence, they get pregnant more. Half of all abortions in the US are to people who were on some sort of contraception already.

          • alexa_bear

            What is your solution, then, if not contraception?

            What is your solution for women who get pregnant by accident or by rape? What are they supposed to do if it's physically, financially or psychologically impossible for them to give birth? What is your great idea for how to fix this problem? Are you saying that women should just have to deal with it if their contraception fails or if they're raped?

          • alexa_bear

            I gave you a bunch of links, you just singled out one. I can give you dozens more but they'll all say the same thing.

            "when it is packed in a way that gives people false confidence" — PP does not give you false confidence, they educate you with facts. In fact, PP recommends using multiple birth control methods in case one fails. Have you even been inside a PP? If you haven't had an appointment there yourself, how do you even know how they package birth control? Go get some condoms from a PP and let me know how it goes.

          • alexa_bear

            I'm confused about what your ideal world would look like. In your ideal world, there would be no unwanted pregnancies, right? And the question is how do we make sure there are no unwanted pregnancies? And your answer is abstinence, and pushing the rape question under the rug?—

        • farmchick20

          Ok, let me help you understand. After all, that's why I'm here :) What if we applied this statement to the Holocaust?
          "I don't understand why it's so important that you stop ALL Jew-killings, when you could simply stop MOST of them by supporting groups that help Jews escape. Isn't it better to save X lives out of Y a day than to save zero?"
          I suppose I should have said, "easily available way to remove an unwanted child." However, you should know that some people DON'T take it as seriously as the people you know. What about the immigrant parents who do sex-selection abortions? Unfortunately, killing a life IS easy for some people. Otherwise, we wouldn't have serial killers. Abortion IS terrifying.

  • alexa_bear

    America's Infant Mortality Rate — Going Nowhere But Up

    The US has the HIGHEST infant mortality rate of any of the 33 countries with the most "advanced economies" as described by the International Monetary Fund.

    Why aren't you spending time and money saving infant children rather than unborn children?

    statistics on infant mortality here: http://www.nytimes.com/2011/02/26/opinion/26blow….

    • farmchick20

      Why do you consider a child out of the womb more valuable than a child inside the womb? I'd say they're equally valuable.
      However, nobody's going out and killing 4,000 BORN children per day, so I choose to put my time, energy, and money into saving those who are most at risk: the unborn.

      • alexa_bear

        The problem is exactly this. Most women have abortions because they can't afford to raise the child. If there were more funds available to help low income mothers actually raise children, there would be a lot fewer abortions. It doesn't help anyone to stop abortion but provide absolutely no further help to low income mothers. Rich women will always be able to get abortions; but low income women rely on Planned Parenthood, which means that the babies you are trying to bring into the world are going to have incredibly low income families and incredibly difficult lives.

        In fact, by cutting funding to Planned Parenthood, you are INCREASING the number of abortions that take place: Planned Parenthood provides over 4 million women with contraception, which PREVENTS unwanted pregnancy. The single best thing you can do to lower the abortion rate is support Planned Parenthood.

        • livewell8

          "If there were more funds available to help low income mothers actually raise children, there would be a lot fewer abortions."

          Planned Parenthood does nothing though to help women care for born babies or deal with the cost of being a mother. A condom costs 25 cents and is highly available whether Planned Parenthood is around or not. Also, there are thousands of other federally supported health centers that don't do abortion and provide much more comprehensive care, they should be getting Planned Parenthood's dollars. In short, what PP does can be done better by other groups and there is where the money should go.

          • alexa_bear

            In my area, condoms cost $1 each. That's a huge amount of money to spend for a lot of women earning minimum wage or less. It also makes it impossible for women to protect themselves by oral contraceptives in case they get raped. I never, ever want to have a baby so I'm not ever planning on having sex for my entire life, until I go through menopause at least. I plan on still being a virgin at age 50! But I take oral contraceptives because I live in a bad area of town and I'm terrified of being raped. I get oral contraceptives from Planned Parenthood, and I don't know of any other place where I could get them so that I could afford them. If PP closes, what is your suggestion to me about what I should do to prevent myself from getting pregnant / raped? I really, really don't want to ever have to get an abortion, ever. If you can show me comprehensive facts about other groups that exist that will give me the same affordable birth control — and give women in other remote areas of the country the same as well — then I'll be much, much happier.

          • livewell8

            You can get them online for 25 cents each and they can be shipped nationwide! Oral contraceptives have their own risks too…

            Oral Contraceptive Use Associated With Increased Risk of Breast Cancer in African-American Women, Study Finds http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2010/08/1008

            Lynn Rosenberg, Deborah A. Boggs, Lauren A. Wise, Lucile L. Adams-Campbell, and Julie R. Palmer. Oral Contraceptive Use and Estrogen/Progesterone Receptor%u2013Negative Breast Cancer among African American Women. Cancer Epidemiology Biomarkers and Prevention, 2010; DOI: 10.1158/1055-9965.EPI-10-0428

          • alexa_bear

            I know about the risks of oral contraceptives. Trust me!! I know. What do you suggest I do, in that case? I can't ask my rapist to use a condom….

            Do you think it's reasonable to ask women who don't want babies ever to simply never have sex? I'm married and it's a huge problem with my husband! He really wants to have sex but he doesn't want babies either :( It's really hard to say no to him sometimes!

          • alexa_bear

            I can't ship condoms to my house because I live with my parents — what should I do?

          • alexa_bear

            one more thing that's interesting about the 25 cents number:

            25 cents is the amount that each american pays toward PP's federal funding in tax money.

            25 cents.

            This is what you are fighting over.

        • farmchick20

          I would say that an "incredibly difficult life", is better than no life at all.

          • Bronwen

            No. Actually, an "incredibly difficult life" is NOT better than no life at all.

            Lemme tell you a story, about an unwanted child. This child was born to a mother who hated her (because the child was the cause of all the mother's woes, including having to marry a man who was abusive — the child's biological father, as well as having to drop out of high school — because there wasn't an "unwed mother problem" in 1966 when the child was born, and all sorts of other things the mother blamed the child for — because the MOTHER got pregnant in the first place).

            In the course of the child's life, the mother, along with her first husband (the child's biological father), the second husband (the step-father) and his father (the step-grandfather) severely abused the child. By severely I mean things like using fists and feet to beat the child up. By severely, I mean the step-grandfather raping the child 5 days a week from the time the child was 12, and molesting her (no penetration) 3 to 5 times a week from the time she was 7.5 until she was 12. By severely, I mean there were marks left, on regular occasion. Her bruises had bruises, often. And, at 14, her mother tried to kill her by strangling her to death.

            No, this isn't hyperbole.

            This child (and now this adult, who is 44 and typing these words) would have been better off aborted than have to go through that life. I am in counseling over the severe abuse those who were supposed to protect me did to me all those years.

            "Incredibly difficult life" does not even come close to explaining what the reality of my life was. The words I typed above are a very sanitized version of what happened to me, at my mother, my father, my stepfather and step grandfather's hands (and feet, and belts, and other things). I could type for a year, and still not have listed all the things they did to me from the time I was born until I was 14.5 and my mother kicked me out of her house after attempting to kill me.

            And still, you all would think that what I went through was better than being aborted.

            Well, just so you all know, this is one person who still wishes she would have been aborted. If my incubator (aka, my mother) had the option to legally abort me, there would have been one less statistic in this world (you know, the one out of x girls are sexually abused, one out of x children are physically abused, one out of x children are killed by their parents every year statistics). My mother would have not had the scapegoat she had to blame for her messed up life on, and I would never have had to go through that life.

            Life, in those circumstances, is definitely NOT worth it.

          • farmchick20

            I am so sorry for what happened to you. Please believe me when I say that your story broke my heart. No child should EVER have to live through something like that. I'm praying for you and I hope you're in a safe place and getting help now.
            No, I don't think what you went through was better than being aborted. I think it's the same thing. It's horrible that your mother tried to kill you at 14; it's equally horrible that someone would kill their unborn child.
            The life you lived as a child and teen was a nightmare that no one should have. But, not all children whose mothers don't abort will have that life. I personally know many adopted children who are in loving families. I wish that you had been adopted by someone who would have truly loved you.
            Lastly, I want to offer you the only hope I know that can heal your hurt: Jesus Christ. He loves you, and wants to take you home someday to him, where there will be no crying or anguish, ever. Jesus isn't responsible for the evil that happened to you. He hates it! Please, give him a chance.

        • capechik

          I support Title X funds going to help poor women, women in rural communities, women without insurance, etc. gain access to GYN and family planning health care services, but there is absolutely no reason that those funds need to be spent at Planned Parenthood. They are not the only game in town. I would strongly prefer to see them going to community health clinics to help expand family planning services, hire quality staff, expand satellite locations–things that involve direct care for women. The Planned Parenthood organization spends nearly 20% of its operating budget on political campaign donations with 99% of those donations openly reported as going to support Democrat candidates. It's no wonder the Dems want them to keep getting money. I think that money would be much better spent at facilities that can provide comprehensive care and don't have 20% of their revenue eaten up by politics.

          • alexa_bear

            Give me the names of those facilities (that also offer abortion)?

            There are simply no nation-wide organizations that offer the same level of service in remote areas as PP. If there were, this really wouldn't be a problem to defund PP.

          • livewell8

            Why do I want there to be facilities that kill unborn children. I don't care if there are abortion providers or not. Abortion isn't health care.

          • alexa_bear

            Abortion is necessary to save lives; it's also necessary for children and women who are raped and impregnated; it's also necessary for women who choose not to quit their jobs to go through with a pregnancy; it's also necessary for men who choose not to quit their jobs to stay home and raise children they've created. (Or do you think men shouldn't be forced to stay home too?)

            Do you believe that all Americans should be legally bound to donate blood every 2 months if they are healthy? It seems like the same thing with pregnancy. If you have the opportunity to save a life by donating blood or going through with a pregnancy, then you should be legally obligated to do so. That seems to be your logic. What about organ donation? Shouldn't everyone who has a kidney to spare be forced to donate their kidney to someone in need, who might otherwise die? What about someone with portions of their liver to spare?

          • alexa_bear

            You want there to be facilities that offer abortion for a lot of reasons. just a few are–

            – It ultimately saves the US hundreds of thousands of dollars if unwanted babies are aborted
            – It allows women and men to live productive lives rather than live in poverty with children they don't want
            – It gives both women and men a safe place to go if they have just been raped
            – It allows families to actually plan for children, which makes them more productive members of society
            – It allows women to have agency over their own bodies
            – It allows women not to have to put their bodies through one of the most dangerous and damaging things they can do (pregnancy)
            – It's constitutional to allow women nationwide access to abortion

  • http://tigaseren.blogspot.com Jespren

    In addition to the above I’d like to point out the obvious, when PP leaves and area (or any abortion provider closes) abortions for woman in that geographical area go down. Economically speaking abortions are not a ‘need’, they are a ‘want’. People will go to any lenghts to obtain a need, like walking miles for water or taking a train 5 hours to the nearest automobile dealership when their old car breaks down. These are necessities, decreasing accessiblity might drive the price up, but people will do anything to obtain them so it doesn’t actually lower the occurance. But when a ‘want’ is inaccessible people will usually do without, when it becomes more accessible, demand for it increases, like internet or cell phones. Abortion is the later. In areas where there is little access few abortions happen, in areas of greater acces, more abortions happen. So close 1 PP, who may be the only place for abortions in a local area, and woman will seek other options (be that more reliable birth control, adoptions, help to raise the babe, or abstinance). Also, while it may sound nice to say birth control avoids abortions, the opposite has been shown to happen. The more readily availbe birth control is the higher the unwanted, and therefore abortion, rates climb. When people know they can’t easily obtain an abortion and they have limited access to birth control, they are far less likely to engage in sexual activity. Humans are not animals, we can control our urges. People know sperm plus egg equals baby, even teenagers. And they/we are perfectly capable of weighing consequences and acting on a risk/reward benefit in weather to engage in sex when they don’t want a child. Things like birth control only tip the preceived ‘reward’ past the ‘risk’, and then, of course if it fails, they know they can get an abortion. Limit access and the risk/reward scale balances significantly different. Oh, and the middle class makes up the largest population block of abortions, not the lower class.

    • alexa_bear

      "Economically speaking abortions are not a 'need', they are a 'want'."

      This is absolutely not true. Abortions in some cases are a medical need: women in certain cases will die if they are forced go to through with the pregnancy. And in 100% of cases, medically speaking, giving birth and going through a pregnancy is much more physically dangerous to women's bodies than the abortion procedure is. Nobody should be forced to put their bodies in danger for anyone else, born or unborn. For the same reason that America doesn't require everyone to donate their organs or their blood, you can't require women to go through with pregnancies simply because it's going to save a life. If this is your reason, then why don't you also support mandatory kidney donation? Or even mandatory blood donation for all healthy citizens every 2 months?

    • alexa_bear

      Jespren, I have a question. I am a married woman and I NEVER, ever want to have kids. I am totally against abortion so I need to make sure I never get pregnant. How do I make sure that this definitely never happens?

      I am already refusing to have sex with my husband until after menopause. I'm 20, so that's another 30 years in my marriage without having sex.

      I'm already taking care to keep myself safe but at least one in 6 women get raped, so that's always a danger. I'm a low income woman so the risks are especially high in my neighborhood. What should I do if I get raped?

      I am taking birth control as a preventative measure but a commenter here warned me that there are health drawbacks to oral contraceptives. It's also really expensive, $50 a month. But I don't want to support PP, so I can't go there to get it for cheaper. What should I do about this?

      How do I make sure that I NEVER ever ever have kids????? Please, help me out!!!!!!!!!! Thanks.

  • alexa_bear

    Pregnancy is more dangerous to women's health than abortions. For this reason alone, abortion should be permitted. No woman who has been raped should be forced to undergo such a dangerous process for 9 months if she doesn't want to put her body and life at risk for a baby she didn't choose to have.

    NORMAL, FREQUENT or EXPECTABLE TEMPORARY SIDE EFFECTS OF PREGNANCY: :

    exhaustion (weariness common from first weeks)
    altered appetite and senses of taste and smell
    nausea and vomiting (50% of women, first trimester)
    heartburn and indigestion
    constipation
    weight gain
    dizziness and light-headedness
    bloating, swelling, fluid retention
    hemmorhoids
    abdominal cramps
    yeast infections
    congested, bloody nose
    acne and mild skin disorders
    skin discoloration (chloasma, face and abdomen)
    mild to severe backache and strain
    increased headaches
    difficulty sleeping, and discomfort while sleeping
    increased urination and incontinence
    bleeding gums
    pica
    breast pain and discharge
    swelling of joints, leg cramps, joint pain
    difficulty sitting, standing in later pregnancy
    inability to take regular medications
    shortness of breath
    higher blood pressure
    hair loss
    tendency to anemia
    curtailment of ability to participate in some sports and activities
    infection including from serious and potentially fatal disease
    (pregnant women are immune suppressed compared with non-pregnant women, and
    are more susceptible to fungal and certain other diseases)
    extreme pain on delivery
    hormonal mood changes, including normal post-partum depression
    continued post-partum exhaustion and recovery period (exacerbated if a c-section — major surgery — is required, sometimes taking up to a full year to fully recover)

    Normal, expectable, or frequent PERMANENT side effects of pregnancy:

    stretch marks (worse in younger women)
    loose skin
    permanent weight gain or redistribution
    abdominal and vaginal muscle weakness
    pelvic floor disorder (occurring in as many as 35% of middle-aged former child-bearers and 50% of elderly former child-bearers, associated with urinary and rectal incontinence, discomfort and reduced quality of life)
    changes to breasts
    varicose veins
    scarring from episiotomy or c-section
    other permanent aesthetic changes to the body (all of these are downplayed by women, because the culture values youth and beauty)
    increased proclivity for hemmorhoids
    loss of dental and bone calcium (cavities and osteoporosis)

    OCCASIONAL COMPLICATIONS AND SIDE EFFECTS OF PREGNANCY:

    spousal/partner abuse
    hyperemesis gravidarum
    temporary and permanent injury to back
    severe scarring requiring later surgery (especially after additional pregnancies)
    dropped (prolapsed) uterus (especially after additional pregnancies, and other pelvic floor weaknesses — 11% of women, including cystocele, rectocele, and enterocele)
    pre-eclampsia (edema and hypertension, the most common complication of pregnancy, associated with eclampsia, and affecting 7 – 10% of pregnancies)
    eclampsia (convulsions, coma during pregnancy or labor, high risk of death)
    gestational diabetes
    placenta previa
    anemia (which can be life-threatening)
    thrombocytopenic purpura
    severe cramping
    embolism (blood clots)
    medical disability requiring full bed rest (frequently ordered during part of many pregnancies varying from days to months for health of either mother or baby)
    diastasis recti, also torn abdominal muscles
    mitral valve stenosis (most common cardiac complication)
    serious infection and disease (e.g. increased risk of tuberculosis)
    hormonal imbalance
    ectopic pregnancy (risk of death)
    broken bones (ribcage, "tail bone")
    hemorrhage and
    numerous other complications of delivery
    refractory gastroesophageal reflux disease
    aggravation of pre-pregnancy diseases and conditions (e.g. epilepsy is present in .5% of pregnant women, and the pregnancy alters drug metabolism and treatment prospects all the while it increases the number and frequency of seizures)
    severe post-partum depression and psychosis
    research now indicates a possible link between ovarian cancer and female fertility treatments, including "egg harvesting" from infertile women and donors
    research also now indicates correlations between lower breast cancer survival rates and proximity in time to onset of cancer of last pregnancy
    research also indicates a correlation between having six or more pregnancies and a risk of coronary and cardiovascular disease

    LESS COMMON (BUT SERIOUS) COMPLICATIONS OF PREGNANCY:
    peripartum cardiomyopathy
    cardiopulmonary arrest
    magnesium toxicity
    severe hypoxemia/acidosis
    massive embolism
    increased intracranial pressure, brainstem infarction
    molar pregnancy, gestational trophoblastic disease (like a pregnancy-induced cancer)
    malignant arrhythmia
    circulatory collapse

    placental abruption
    obstetric fistula

    MORE PERMANENT SIDE EFFECTS OF PREGNANCY
    future infertility
    permanent disability
    death.

    • adopter

      That you went to the trouble to write all of that speaks volumes about you. What a bunch of whiny, self-centered nonsense. My mother had six children and I never heard a single syllable of complaint about pregnancies from her. Perhaps it's because she was too busy raising us to be helpful productive citizens – by her amazing displays of strenghth, fortitude, compassion and love. Perhaps you never knew someone like that.
      We have four adopted children and have fostered 15. They are all a wonderful blessing – not a list of
      discomforts and ailments.
      You hide behind the usual semantics and rhetoric about the "health" of women which can mean they have a head cold. 100% of abortions end in dead babies. It's really bad for their health.
      It's not 25c, it's hundreds of millions of dollars. If you're so concerned about it, send them your salary. Maybe you can talk Uncle George Soros into helping out as well.

      • alexa_bear

        Dear adopter,

        How is it whiny to explain the side effects of pregnancy? These are facts, and real risks. The posts on this website explain in great detail the physical side effects of abortion: it's only fair to list the physical side effects of pregnancy.

        Women shouldn't be silenced or called whiny because they talk about what happens to their bodies when they go through a pregnancy. Bringing new life into the world is a HUGE deal!!!!! You know that better than anyone!!! It takes EVERYTHING out of you. The reason it is such a blessing to have kids is that is an enormous sacrifice! It sounds like you know that better than anyone. It's not fair of you to force women who aren't as strong as you, aren't as physically or mentally or spiritually strong as you, to go through pregnancy and have kids. You are AMAZING! You are strong and wonderful. Good for you for having so many adopted and fostered children. Truly, that's an amazing blessing. But you are the exception. You are rare, you are special, hardly anyone is like you. If most people were like you it would be a very different world. But we have to live in the world we are in. We can't make up new realities just because we don't like the one that's in front of us. Many women choose to have careers rather than be mothers. Not every woman out there can foster children. Some women want to be brain surgeons, models, lawyers, etc. If we have 4 MILLION extra unwanted children per year because we ban abortion, whose homes are they going to go to? Definitely not mine! I'm not planning on getting pregnant myself, and I am definitely not fostering or adopting any children. I respect your choice and I hope you respect mine.

    • adopter

      pt. 2 Lila Rose is an amazing, inspirational person. I teach my daughters (the one's who are a wonderful blessing and weren't aborted) about her so they can learn what a real woman (in addition to their mom) looks and acts like. I know lots of people like me. We will love and raise the children who don't get slaughtered in your abortion mills. Aborted children don't grow up to be voters but adopted children do. Perhaps it's time for you to have the courage of your so-called convictions and move to the "enlightened" country of your choice that has already lost its soul. You will probably feel right at home there.

      • alexa_bear

        Dear adopted, I have indeed moved to the country of my choice! I no longer live in America because I was terrified that I would someday get raped (1 in 3 women get raped in their lives in America) and get pregnant and not be able to access an abortion. I didn't want to have to quit my job and ruin my career in order to bear my rapist's baby. So yup, I've left America. But I'm still a citizen which means I still pay taxes, which means I still have a say, even though I don't live in your country anymore.

    • adopter

      pt. 3 Or perhaps like the PP worker who walked away and joined Lila after she finally realized what she was actually doing, you will turn and save these sweet, beautiful children instead. What a meaningful legacy that would be. Be the person that God created you to be. Turn from the dark side. Oh, and drag Jespren with you. An insufferable narcissist if ever there was one – or at least in need of intense therapy…….of the type that only being fully responsible for another completely helpless human being can provide. It changes you, it changes everything. Serving others first before self, what a concept.

      • alexa_bear

        Dear adopter

        I have a very high powered career, and I've chosen my career instead of having children. I believe that choosing my career instead of choosing to have children is a legitimate choice, don't you? I am absolutely terrified of getting pregnant, and so I am trying to convince my fiance that we will be okay having a marriage together without having sex (at least until I go through menopause, in 25 years). But I'm still pretty worried about getting raped. Do you have any suggestions for me? How can I make absolutely 100% sure that I NEVER get pregnant? The pill is not 100% effective, nor are condoms. Should I try to make my fiance agree to a sexless marriage? It's a problem that's really been weighing me down lately .

        • http://www.facebook.com/jesej Jes Dennett

           why dont you get your tubes tied, Einstein… seriously. youre not too swift, are you??

      • Alexa

        dear adopter, sorry for all the posts but one more thing. You said “Serving others first before self, what a concept.”

        This morning I went and donated blood, directly and immediately saving 3 -6 lives. I do this every 2 months. When was the last time you donated blood? Are you an organ donor? I certainly hope so!

        Based on your reasoning, which is that women should have to just grin and bear all of those bodily side effects to give birth, then women should also be legally required to donate blood as often as they possibly can. In fact, they should be legally required to donate any organs they possibly can like kidneys, parts of liver, skin, etc. This would SAVE LIVES. And it doesn’t really effect the donor, it just is a bit uncomfortable. Why aren’t you trying to push this kind of law into action?

    • http://www.facebook.com/jesej Jes Dennett

       what you fail to see is that at you get a living, breathing, human from all of that. a tiny person that becomes your whole heart, your whole life. you think you know how to love now? you think your job matters? once you have that child in your arms…. NOTHING trumps her. she is life its self. and it is wonderful. no amount of pain or injury would keep me from my daughter. nothing. she is worth everything.

  • suzeq85

    Praying for you Alexa bear.

  • suzeq85

    I don't know if this has been shared yet: What is the Unborn?

    Pro-life advocates contend that elective abortion unjustly takes the life of a defenseless human being. This simplifies the abortion controversy by focusing on just one question: Is the unborn a member of the human family? If so, killing him or her to benefit others is a serious moral wrong. It treats the distinct human being, with his or her own intrinsic worth, as nothing more than a disposable instrument.

    This is not to say that abortion is easy for most women. To the contrary, a decision to have one may be psychologically complex and perhaps even agonizing for some. But the topic today is not psychology, but morality: Can we know what's right even if our emotions are conflicted?

    Everyone agrees that abortion kills something that's alive. But whether it's right to take the life of any living being depends entirely on the question: What kind of being is it?
    http://caseforlife.com/index.asp

  • BrokenAngel66

    I just wanted wanted to put up a countering arguement to someone who said amazingly abortion is less of a risk then pregnancy?! I was stunned to hear something like that… So, I thought i might put up just what women go through when they do kill there children. Most of those risks are very few and far between.. And even if they do happen even women with no to little health care coverage with the medical advances we have theres so many things women can do to help themselves and their pre-born babies.
    http://www.contracept.org/abortion-health-risks.p

    And yes abortion might be only 3% of their services but that lil 3% is what is bringing in all their money. That is literally their cash cow. And the whole fact that PP was designed by its founder Margret Sanger to drastically eliminate certain races (prodominately african american), lower class, and mentally unstable, etc they know how to fool people with saying abortion is only "3% of our services".

    I also wanted to say that if PP offered ONLY purely and totally only birth control, female services (pap), STD testing, pregnancy testing etc that would be great. i would be 100% for planned parent hood. I'm not for a place where they kill 1 single life.
    Also, its scientifically proven that at the point of conception there is a life inside that female. And this has nothing to do with being pro-life or pro-abortion. Its just scientifically proven. http://www.godandscience.org/doctrine/scienceabor
    Just 1 website i found that talks about from a more scientific more side of it.

    One more thing, most of this comments seem to be from Pro-Abortionists.. so why are you here on a Pro-Life website commenting negatively?

    • Dad 0f 5

      Planned Parenthood states that abortion is only 3% of their “services”, because—- they count a 30 day birth control package as 30 DIFFERENT CONTACT SERVICES for that person.  One way to work the numbers for their benefit. Adopt-don’t abort!!

      • icstars

        This statement is wildly incorrect.

  • DisgustedWithYouIdiots

    It is 100% TRUE that without PP, or some other equivalent service, we would have more abortions.

    I, personally, went there to obtain birth control when I was in college.  I couldn’t fathom asking my mother to schedule an appointment with our OB/GYN so that I could get the pill.  That would have been humiliating, not to mention she might have said no because I wasn’t supposed to be having sex.  Going to PP was also certainly much cheaper than going to a private doctor’s office without insurance, and therefore the only place that I could afford on a college student’s budget. 

    So, long story short, I probably would have ended up pregnant without Planned Parenthood.  And then I’d have gone somewhere for an abortion, whether it was PP or not (since there are plenty of other places you can have such procedures done…).  So, thank you Planned Parenthood, and thank you to everyone who allowed funding for this agency to continue so that women can prevent themselves from having to get abortions.

    Also, FYI, PP is pretty much the only place a teenager under 18 (and teenagers are the most likely to make stupid mistakes and not think about the consequences of their actions) can go for access to the pill without parents’ permission.  I’m sure none of the parents who posted on here would be excited to take their 15 year old daughter to get the pill… in fact, they’d probably refuse.  So, really, this is the only mechanism in place to protect women under 18 who are too afraid to talk to their parents or admit they’re having sex, but who are going to do it anyway no matter what their parents or other religious zealots tell them.

    It is completely wrong NOT to fund Planned Parenthood, unless you have some other agency available to provide women (especially young women) with adequate, inexpensive contraceptives.  And there is none. 

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=647087308 Michele Justice

      you could’ve got if for free from the state… also the real problem seems to be your mothers lack of ability to face the reality that you would be having sex during your college years.  I love parents who pretend their kids are doing normal, human things and then wonder why they turn up pregnant.  Ummm… its because they don’t educate their kids about sex and help them seek birth control.

    • ConservativeRedneck

      Next time keep your legs closed and you won’t have to worry about the murder of an unborn child.

    • Ithinkwithabrain

      “So, long story short, I probably would have ended up pregnant without Planned Parenthood because I have magnets keeping my legs apart so I absolutely cannot close them and also because I have not yet learned to take responsibility for my actions, even while I am in college. Thank you Planned Parenthood for being willing to fix my mistake. If I mess up and get pregnant, at least I know you’ll be there to help me kill my unborn child each and every time.” Yay PPH!

      • http://www.facebook.com/chadstud2180 Chad Studer

        So you yourself have never had sex just for the pleasure of sex (whether you were married to that person, dating, or had just met that person)? Every time you have copulated it has been for the purpose of pro-creation?  If you have ever had sex with someone just for the pleasure and your ultimate goal for that singular act was not to create a child then you have no right to ridicule someone else for doing the same thing. Her actions of being proactive and responsible by seeking out and using a contraceptive to prevent a pregnancy is pretty much the definition of taking responsibility for your actions. Your point is basically that you can never have sex with anyone except your spouse and only then to procreate, that is ridiculous. All the poster is saying is that without that resource she probably would have gotten pregnant because her access to the pill was limited and that in her situation PP did prevent an abortion by providing a contraceptive to her, which was targeted at the stat in the article that PP performed more abortions than abortions prevented.

        • Steve

          Dude she was getting the pill so she could bang a bunch of frat boys with no protection. How exactly is that proactive and responsible?

    • Irritatedyoungmother

      Actually if you go to your local health clinic they provide the birth control pill to girls under 18 with no parental consent. But I personally think if you are going to have unprotected sex…. Or even just sex in general.. You should probably be willing to take responsibility for your actions and raise your child if you end up pregnant. I believe abortion is ok in some cases but I don’t think every little mindless teenager who opens her legs should be allowed to abort their pregnancy. Pregnancy means it’s time to grow up and grow up real fast honey.

    • just sayin.

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  • Neesie1971

    I wonder when I see the signs and protests and bumper stickers and billboards just how many adopted and foster children do all of you who are so adamant about judging and saying abortion is so wrong? I also wonder how many of you realize the sad fact that there are way worse things that can and do happen to a baby/child after they are born? I also wonder how many of you realize the reason roe vs waid was put into effect? Because woman who were afraid of the backlash of peoples judgment and ridicule mutilated themselves to the point of death to rid themselves of an unwanted baby. And in those days it was a lot more than the one’s preformed now. Get educated then make a choice. Its really easy to sit on a high horse and say it’s wrong to kill a baby-but I have news for you-speaking as a child who was not wanted and who’s mother should have aborted there are way worse things that can happen to a baby/child then an abortion!
     

    • GreatJob

      Yeah your right, your mother should of aborted you. Then I wouldn’t have to read your “educated” comment.

      • Onion

        Did you mean “you’re” educated comment. Educate your comment.

        • Steve

          Onion, you’re the one who needs to educate. Your is the correct usage as you’re is a contraction of you are and would not make sense. Did someone fall asleep in English class?

    • Jocetonge03

      I’m sad that you had a horrible experience as a child growing up, but I am an adoptive mommy of two beautiful children (the most recent being adopted three days ago!) whose birth mothers were brave enough to face “the horrors” of pregnancy and choose life for their babies.  As an infertile mother, it breaks my heart reading about people who are so callous about abortion just because it’s a “woman’s right to choose”…does not mean she’s making the right choice!  How about a little birth control here and there, since she obviously knows how to make babies?!?  Stepping down off my soapbox to change a poopy diaper of my newborn adopted gift. 

      • Izzyloohoo

         But you adopted a BABY. not a teenager or infant. babies are the ones that are adopted most. and if  a child isn’t adopted quick enough it is then put into foster care. you can adopt all the babies you want, but what about the other children who AREN’T babies any more?? i’m sure  your adopted children will be happy, but what about those who have to grow up in foster care and what about those who NEVER get adopted??

        • Tcmatt

          And what is your point, the child/teenager/adult still has the chance to live. Who else should we kill because something might not be perfect, the low income people. I am not sure if you have ever heard of Margaret Sanger, but she was the founder of Planned Parenthood, and your reasoning goes right along with hers. What age should old people be terminated do you think? God help us all.

  • Cindy Morris

    Why not get the girls’ tubes tied or uterus removed at 10 years old.?

  • http://twitter.com/adelita01 Adela

    Abortions are up? Good! Women have that choice so stop whining.

    • Leiapeison

       way to go girl!!! right on!! if i get pregnant from contraceptive failure, i am aborting full stop

  • Jojo V.

    it’s completely dark, there’s a lot of rumblings. like muffled voices, then  all of a sudden the noise gets closer and there’s a sharp pain shotting down your spine BAM you’re dead. Your head and whatever else was torn of your body by a vaccuum is tossed in the garbage. That is the life for some unborn babies. others get the scissors .

  • Bama

    So the only way to prevent abortion is through adoption? Really? What about contraceptive services? What about education services? Your stats are very skewed to ‘prove’ the point you want to prove. If people weren’t intelligent enough to look things up for themselves, they might actually believe your misleading essay.

  • Skreenrider

    Good, David.  I think we should make abortion illegal.  So then, what should be the penalty for those who abort?