While I am against abortion, I do not agree with hospitals not allowing doctors admitting privileges. I just don’t see this as a viable way to address all the issues concerning abortions.
What really needs to happen is the development of a care system for women who find themselves with unwanted or unexpected pregnancies. Young girls are usually terrified that they have gotten pregnant, other women may not want another child, truly believe that their life is in danger if pregnant, feel they can’t care for a child or are victims of incest and rape. How do we help them?
The need a safe place to stay, continued shelter, medical care and education. If we don’t provide these options as well as a means for them to adopt their child out once born, and that is what they decide they want, we are really not helping them. I can say without hesitation, that with two very nearby Catholic Churches in my community there is not one thing out there that allows anyone, including someone going to Mass on a regular basis, any information about where to get help. How do they get help if there is none offered, or it is so secretive that they can’t find it?
We have to do better, in all of our Parishes than this. Does your Parish have an outreach program for women in your area, that is visible, useable, reachable…for ALL women living in your area? Do you have a group of parishioners ready and willing to house, care for and pay for a woman’s needs so she will keep her baby? If not, you should, because otherwise all this shutting down of abortion clinics and banning doctors from hospitals is nothing more than rhetoric.
Are you willing to adopt a child of a girl in your parish who may not want to keep her baby? Are you willing to pay a woman’s medical bills, for part of her education so she can work and keep her kid? Because this is what we need to be doing. We can close all the clinics out there, and abortions will continue as they always have: in someone’s kitchen, an alley, some crusty hotel room…but they will continue and more women and girls will die along with the aborted child.