In a word, Yes! After watching the documentary 12th and Delaware and It makes me so sad to see women being treated like murderers for simply walking into a health clinic that performs abortions. Not everyone who visits said clinics are there to terminate their pregnancy. Some are there for birth control, STD testing, pregnancy tests, pap smears, etc. These women are taking their health into their own hands and doing the responsible thing by getting the medical attention they need. Many of these women choose places like this because they are more affordable for those without health insurance or those with a low income. Unfortunately, these women are not represented in this documentary.
What is represented is the bullying of pro-life individuals who are trying to deter young women from making a choice that she believes is best for herself. The law currently states that a woman can terminate her pregnancy if she so chooses. This choice is not something that a majority of women take lightly or make on a whim. It is something they have researched and talked to health professionals about. They have gone through the pros, and the cons of their choices, whether that be on their own or because the clinics, hospitals, etc. have walked them through all the options.
If a 20 year old girl who becomes pregnant in a low-income household and no insurance walks into one of these clinics she will be told lies such as, you can do this because we will be here to help you. The clinic may offer to pay her rent and/or give her clothing for her other children (if she has them). The sad reality of the situation is that they won't be there for long. They won't be there at all hours of the night to feed that baby, or to pay for its immunization shots, or to pay for their food and clothing. They also will not be there to make sure she has a ride to work to help pay for her growing family. The sad reality is that they will say what they can at the moment to make them change their minds.
They have lied about how far along these women are in their pregnancies to make them think that they have more time to make this important and life changing decision. This becomes clear to them only when they go to the pro-choice clinic to be told they can no longer have their abortion through the medicinal method, but rather the D&C method which has more risks and is more painful/expensive. So now, these women who have money issues may not even be able to afford to pay for their procedure despite that being the best choice for her. The people who work at pro-life clinics may have their hearts in the right place, but what they are doing in some of these clinics across America is hurting those that they are trying to help.
One of the biggest options these clinics push on their clients is adoption. I have a few issues with this simply because some of these women who are interested in aborting their babies are doing so because they do not want to go through a pregnancy. A great example of this is when a woman in her forties comes in concerned about the heath risks she is putting on herself as well as the unborn baby by preceding with the pregnancy. Children who are born to mothers older than their mid-thirties are at a higher risk for things such as down syndrome and other mentally debilitating illnesses. Now these children who are born with handicaps are going to be raised by older parents who will may even die before their children can become self-sufficient if in fact that is even a possibility. This leaves them with few options if they do not have a sibling or family member to take the child under their wing. A lot of them will live in assisted living facilities in which living conditions are less than ideal, and the staff on many occasions have been caught being horrible to them.
Younger mothers who are looking to abort a pregnancy are more likely to continue to drink, smoke, and often time try to take matters into their own hands to induce a miscarriage by drinking elixirs they read about online or way worse. These babies are born addicted to drugs or have developmental issues due to improper care while in the womb. This then becomes an issue, because these babies are not often peoples first pick when it comes adoption. They end up living on the governments dime or in foster homes without a real chance at a loving home.
As a pro-choice pregnant woman, I did discuss all of the options with my significant other before making the decision to keep our child. My pregnancy was not planned, nor was it something that I was immediately thrilled about. Realizing that you are now responsible for another life besides your own is a scary realization, and not one to be taken lightly. Ultimately I chose to keep my child, and I could not be more thrilled to be adding a little one to my growing family! I am sure that I made the right choice for myself. I understand that this choice isn't for everyone and that my circumstance is a lot different than a lot of women having to make this decision. I was able to make a choice for myself. I was able to be in complete control of what is happening to my body, and that is something that I believe everyone should be able to decide.