This week, Lila Rose, President and Founder of Live Action, released a video conversation with former Planned Parenthood employees. This conversation covers abortion quotas, incentives, and the despair that is peddled to their patients.

I find it interesting that our detractors choose to paint the life-movement as barrier creators. They claim our motives are deceptive and designed to prevent women from getting healthcare. This, of course, is not true, but this message penetrates the narrative and is spread far and wide.

Reality is a funny thing. It doesn’t care about your feelings, a narrative, or an agenda.

In light of that, let’s look at the reality of abortion and life.

The video I referenced earlier covers a number of areas, but I want to focus on the despair that is peddled to women who find themselves facing an unplanned pregnancy. The former employee featured in this video is asked about the conversations she had with patients unable to pay for a procedure or service.

This is where despair became the message.


The employee claims they were instructed to ask patients a few questions: “If you cannot afford to pay anything today for your appointment, how could you possibly afford a child? Do you know how much diapers are? Have you looked at the cost of a car seat?”

This type of questioning is designed to point women to the “obvious” conclusion of termination. These questions are designed to enlist a particular answer and point out weaknesses. If you cannot afford our services, you will never be able to afford a baby; “Let us help you end this” becomes the abortion provider’s mantra.

This line of thinking in 2017 America is truly remarkable. Politics aside, the amount of governmental and non-profit assistance available for moms and babies in this country is far-reaching and readily available and accessible. This, again, is the reality. However, this reality hurts an abortion provider’s narrative and their profit line.

Quotas and incentives are in place to encourage and require a particular level of production. We see this in just about every industry, so it should come as no surprise that we are now seeing it in the abortion conglomerate.

Yet, reality doesn’t lie and this is where we find ourselves today.

Call me a prude or old-fashioned, but I think turning the womb into an assembly line is dangerous and anti-woman.

This type of despair peddling is not only affecting the unborn lives tucked away in what should be their safe-space, it is also damaging to the woman who needs proper care, guidance, and assistance. Maybe her choice would be different if she were connected to a governmental agency or a non-profit that could offer her a life-line.

It breaks my heart to hear this former employee recount her conversations with abortion vulnerable women.

I am amazed that the desire to turn a profit outweighs the desire to truly help a mom and baby in need.

We are well aware of the costs of diapers, car seats, clothes, and formula. The cost of these items is not up for debate. Again, that is a reality…having babies costs money. This, however, is not a barrier to parenting.
 
At HOPE and at thousands of pregnancy resource centers across this country, we choose to encourage and empower women. Not to push our patients into uninformed decisions. Apart from our medical services, we offer parenting classes, mentoring, and a baby shower where diapers, clothes, car seats, and strollers are provided at no cost!

We desire to forego profit in order to meet families and provide every service at absolutely no cost to them.

Let us come together for our neighbors today that find themselves in need and facing unplanned circumstances. May we not see them as a dollar sign or a means to an end, but as a creation with a purpose deserving of love, respect, and dignity.

Andrew Wood

Andrew serves as the Executive Director of Hope Resource Center, one of the largest pregnancy centers in the Southeast, located in Knoxville, TN. When he is not discussing and promoting life issues he is at home with his wife, Erin, and their three kids, Gavin, Summer, and Evelyn.