The scenario painted by pro-choice advocates outlines abortion as a thoughtful decision, decidedly private, but one that take place in a consultation between a woman and her doctor. In other words, she knows what she’s doing because she receives all the information she needs to make a truly informed decision.
The Ohio Department of Health’s latest stats (2011) on induced abortion paint another picture. The good news in Ohio is that the total number of reported abortions, which have declined steadily since 2000, dropped another 12 percent in 2011. We believe that the existence of pregnancy medical centers like Elizabeth’s New Life Center have greatly affected that stat.
The bad news is that there were still almost 25,000 abortions in Ohio in 2011—24,764 to be exact. What did the typical woman who received an abortion look like? She was:
- Single (86 percent)—and that means never married, divorced, or widowed.
- White (57 percent). Thirty-nine percent of the women were black.
- Adult. Only one-sixth of abortions were for women under age 20.
More than a fourth of abortions involved women who had at least one prior abortion.
But here is the stat that made our hearts sink and changes the picture that many people have of abortion: In 38 percent (9,329) of the cases, the women reportedly were provided no counseling of any kind, including medical.
Although economic status is considered a factor in abortion, social services counsel was provided in only 3,618 (15 percent) of cases. Less than 1 percent (219) received psychological counseling. While many people believe abortion is a decision with certain moral and ethical consequences, only 66 cases included pastoral, or spiritual, counseling, a number so small it’s statistically insignificant.
Our critics have never liked the idea that a pregnancy medical center like Elizabeth’s New Life Center unashamedly exists to make sure women have the opportunity to explore positive options, including receiving spiritual counsel, before making life-changing decisions. But shouldn’t someone be doing it?