Kathy Cain: The word ‘choice’ has been hijacked
In her letter regarding the Affordable Care Act and women’s health care, Diane Capps refers to crisis pregnancy centers as “anti-choice.” I disagree with that designation.
The word “choice” has been hijacked. The original definition is “to choose — to pick out by preference from what is available.” If a woman wants to obtain a legal abortion, she can do so, and Planned Parenthood will make that happen.
What is less likely to happen is that they will talk to her at length about her situation. Find out what her fears may be — what are the obstacles she’s facing; are they financial or possibly family issues? Is the father of the child in the picture? Has she considered raising the child herself or has she considered adoption — many adoptions are now open, where the birth mother stays in touch with the adoptive family.
All these choices would be discussed by the staff and volunteers at any crisis pregnancy center. These centers are there to empower women to take their time and follow their heart when making such important decisions.
Our local pregnancy resource center is Selah, which means “just breathe,” and they can be reached at 970-871-1307. Women and men can trust them to give confidential assistance, and there is never any cost for their services. If you need help or know someone who does, give Selah a call.
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