This article in the Daily Mail is so frustrating and educational.
An undercover reporter in Great Britain presents as a pregnant, single 26 year old professional who is uncertain what to do. She does this assignment because of a potential law being debated in their Parliament that would require abortion facilities to offer free counseling from independent and separate agencies not benefiting from the abortion decision. The article clearly states something that does not surprise me but no one in the States would admit this.....
"The leading private abortion clinics Marie Stopes International and the British Pregnancy Advisory Service (BPAS) both provide such counseling, but are paid per abortion, which hardly promotes independence."
Remember they have universal health care...but on to the point. The reporter goes to two abortion providers and four non profit pregnancy resource centers. She finds the first two abortion providers spend a lot of time telling her that she should not feel guilty over choosing abortion and it was not a selfish decision. They also downplayed any abortion risks and brushed off any discussion of parenting.
What leaped out at me is the second abortion counselor was the only one who even mentioned the word ADOPTION.
She admitted to having low expectations of the faith based organizations but was complimentary of some of them. She felt less pressure, felt that they helped her talk through her options but they were life affirming and tried to help her picture her pregnancy as a person. They seemed more caring about her and this makes sense since they were not paid according to her decision. Most of these ministries are staffed by trained volunteers.
What is so sad is that the only one who mentioned the option of adoption is the abortion provider. It was mentioned in passing but at least it was mentioned!! Come on pregnancy resource centers.
I sit on the board of a non profit that is working to accurately address all the options in an unplanned pregnancies and give accurate, updated information about the option of adoption correcting any negative adoption language. The number of adoption decisions are so low that they don't even track them....less than 1%. Why is that? It is because people have an outdated and inaccurate picture of adoption. They choose abortion over adoption as preferable for them and the baby. Can you get your head around that thinking??
Check out this website to find out more about this non profit. We may need to expand to Great Britain but we have much work to do in the US as well.