A Planned Parenthood business in Indiana is [starting to] promote adoption.
Yes, you heard that right: A Planned Parenthood business in Indiana – part of the nationwide chain that sells 120 abortions for every single adoption it pushes – is just now starting to promote adoption.
This is something that thousands of pro-life pregnancy resource centers have been offering for free for decades.
The Post-Tribune of Northwestern Indiana reports: The Planned Parenthood clinic [sic] in Merrillville recently established a new program that should further distance itself from an image fostered by critics who claim its prime function is performing abortions. This week, the clinic [sic] became the third in Indiana to offer free services promoting adoption. The clinic [sic] joins a handful of centers nationwide in offering on-site counselors from a local adoption agency.
“Our mission is to provide women with options, to give them information so they can make good decisions for themselves and their families,” said Liz Carroll, vice president of patient services for Planned Parenthood of Indiana.
Of course we are always supportive of adoption as an option and one of the pro-life movement’s greatest legacies is the multitude of children adopted by pro-life families. However, that is not the issue here.
What we see here is Planned Parenthood confirming what we’ve known for years: They weren’t actively promoting adoption as an option in their counseling sessions and are now trying to remedy that with a slick PR move.
It’s not difficult to promote adoption. Yes, having a counselor from an adoption agency on-site can help, but Planned Parenthood doesn’t need that in order to promote adoption over abortion.
It’s like someone saying, “We now have a maid, so our floors will now be vacuumed.” You don’t need a professional to do something like this.
If Planned Parenthood is claiming that it can now promote adoption because it has an on-site counselor from an adoption agency, wouldn’t that imply that any other Planned Parenthood business that doesn’t have one is failing to offer a true variety of choices, and therefore can be labeled pro-abortion?
We have heard reports from pregnant women who have been to Planned Parenthood businesses that they can be heavy handed in their “counseling” sessions, attempting to steer women towards abortion.
This is just another attempt by Planned Parenthood’s media spin team to cleanse a dirty image – instead they just draw attention to the organization’s spotty record.
[ALL Pro-Life Today, 18 July 08, Phil Eddy, http://www.all.org/newsroom_allblog_response.php?id=2261 ]