I had a very interesting chat with a friend whose views are very opposite of Catholic and pro-life views. There were some things that she made me aware of that I think people involved in pro-life ministry and crisis pregnacy work should know about.
One thing was that she took someone for an abortion, but first they did go to the crisis pregnancy center. The pregnant young woman had been told that she would be able to get help for her and the baby’s basic needs. Instead, she was sent home with a video of a woman having an abortion.
I can see how my friend and the young woman would see this well-intentioned effort to raise awareness as also possibly being a scare or propaganda tactic. But even if not, the woman’s most basic needs and fears should have been addressed first. Maslow’s hierarchy of needs, in other words.
Now, I wasn’t there with these two gals at the appointment, so I realize I could be getting a biased or inaccurate version of what happened. But I asked questions and my friend was to the best of my knowledge truthful with me. I told her that I was glad to hear about this and that the pro-life people who are trying to help a woman in a crisis pregnancy need to know about things like this. Because it can lead to an absolute epic fail.
The woman in question did get an abortion. She was in a very dysfunctional relationship and under circumstances where law enforcement should also have been involved, and it sounds as if that did not get addressed either. Somehow there needs to be more awareness - surely there is of these various issues, because I have heard of other instances where they are addressed in a better way. But even one abortion because of the pro-life clinic dropping the ball on two serious issues seems like too many to me!