Planned Parenthood: continuing a pregnancy can be selfish

In Planned Parenthood’s Abortion: A Woman’s Guide, meant to inform a woman about her abortion options, it says:

“… No matter how firmly a woman feels that abortion is the best choice for her, she almost surely will also feel some resistance to the idea, consciously or unconsciously. And if she is not aware that this ambivalence is totally natural, she can let it build in her until she feels she is being torn apart.

She may feel intensely, for the sake of her whole future and the future of everybody she loves most – of children she already has or children she might have in the future – that she does not want to continue her pregnancy.

Yet she may feel just as strongly that she does want to continue it, or that she ought to want to; and feeling so, she wonders if abortion is indeed the right thing, or even if there is something selfish or unnatural or unwomanly in seeking an abortion…

It can be said that continuing a pregnancy can be as selfish an act as ending it. It can be said that ending a pregnancy that threatens everything that makes a woman’s life worth living is no more unnatural than treating an illness that can cripple her. It can also be said that when a woman makes informed and intelligent decisions concerning her own fertility, she is performing the most womanly function of all.”

Planned Parenthood of New York City Abortion: A Woman’s Guide (New York: Abelard–Schuman, Ltd, 1973) 25 – 26

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Sarah Terzo is a freelance writer and journalist who works for Live Action. She is a member of the board of The Pro-life Alliance of Gays and Lesbians and Consistent Life.
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