[yframe url=’http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sD2FkcvIOss’]The national press has started to latch on to a new abortion story: Molly Anne Dutton has just become the new homecoming queen of Auburn University, and she’s used her position to talk about her mother’s decision not to have an abortion. The Blaze:
The 22-year-old’s biological mother was faced with an extremely difficult situation. The victim of a sexual assault, the young woman became pregnant with Dutton and was given an ultimatum by her husband: Either abort the baby or get a divorce.She chose to keep the baby, leading to a “ridiculously inspirational life story” for her daughter. Rather than aborting, she carried the baby to term and worked with Lifeline Children’s Services, a Christian adoption group in Birmingham, Ala., to ensure that the baby girl was given a good life.Dutton’s adoptive parents served on the agency’s board at the time and when they heard about the situation, they took action.
Whatever one thinks about the legal issues, the truth is that many people do choose abortion because they feel financially or socially compelled to do so. They think they wouldn’t be able to care for the child, or that their career or education would be imperiled, or they don’t have support. There are a lot of organizations out there providing support to pregnant women, as Dutton’s story suggests, but there hasn’t been enough work done to make these organizations visible, to integrate them with existing institutions (i.e. college campuses), and to improve on the services they offer.If both sides shifted some time and energy from quarreling about the politics of abortion to making it easier for pregnant women in difficult circumstances to choose life for their unborn babies, we wouldn’t be solving the abortion question in an ultimate sense, but we would be making the world a better place.