Kirsten Powers writes:
NARAL claims that crisis pregnancy centers — which exist to dissuade women from having an abortion — mislead woman. In New York, abortion rights groups lobbied Attorney General Eliot Spitzer to shut down such centers because they allegedly “scared” women.
As a life-long feminist, I find this approach by so-called women’s rights groups perplexing and more than a little insulting to women.
What really seems to enrage NARAL and Planned Parenthood is when crisis pregnancy centers use ultra-sound devices, or other methods, to show women pictures of their fetuses. To say that this is a “scare tactic” would be like saying it is a “scare tactic” to show a man a picture of clogged arteries to try to get him to understand his health situation. Yes, it may scare him in a certain direction — or not — but it’s an informed decision.
If a woman is seven weeks pregnant and someone shows her this picture, what is wrong with that? How is that “scary”?
Women are not delicate little flowers who can’t handle information, despite what NARAL Pro Choice and Planned Parenthood tell us. They should have the option of having all the information presented to them before an abortion so they understand what they are doing.
[…] as a person who cares about women’s rights, I would be enormously pleased if the people who claim to be “pro-choice” would embrace a wider array of choices for women dealing with unwanted pregnancies, rather than trying to bully any organization offering abortion alternatives out of existence.
Rebecca adds: This reminds me of the never ending argument about parental notification laws. We’re supposed to believe that teenagers must have access to abortion, because they’re too immature to be good mothers, they can’t possibly understand the ramifications of becoming a mother, and they’re not grown up enough to raise a baby. At the same time, they must have the absolute autonomy to choose abortion without their parents even knowing, let alone giving consent, because they are mature enough to know what’s right for them, nobody should be able to influence their decision without their say-so, and the life-long implications of having an abortion will be readily explained to them at the clinic and completely grasped in the ten minute discussion they’ll have before the procedure.by