Pro-Abortion Graphics Show Poor Women Need Help Not Abortion

Opinion   |   Micaiah Bilger   |   Jan 9, 2013   |   11:48AM   |   Harrisburg, PA

The pro-abortion Alan Guttmacher research group released some interesting new abortion graphics this week in recognition of the 40th anniversary of Roe v. Wade. (Look at them here.)

It’s funny – though not in a “ha ha” way – how the graphics really seem to point to the opposite of what the pro-abortion group intends.

Several graphics show links between poverty and abortion, supposedly to encourage support for more abortion access for women in poverty.

When I look at the graphics, I feel concern – as I’m sure Guttmacher wants me to – but not because of access to abortion.

No, these numbers tell me that greater access to abortion is NOT the answer to helping women.

Guttmacher reports that 69 percent of the women who have abortions are economically disadvantaged, and that some give up food or utilities or shelter to pay for an abortion.

These facts tug at my heart strings. If only these women knew that they don’t have to give up food or heat or shelter or their preborn child’s life!

Guttmacher is wrong to suggest that greater access to abortion will empower these financially-strained women.



Pregnant women in poverty need better knowledge of and access to financial resources, not abortion. Women should not be forced to choose between a meal and a baby’s life.

For more information about pregnancy resources in your area, click here.

LifeNews Note: Micaiah Bilger is the Education Director for the Pennsylvania Pro-Life Federation.