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Seriously, what do you mean by ‘Choice’?

Welcome to Sanger’s Choice Cafe, my name is Margaret and I will be serving you today. You will be having water, spinach and liver. And don’t forget to pay up front. Have a nice day!’

If this was the way you were treated when you went into a restaurant expecting to enjoy a meal of your choice, I’ll bet you wouldn’t go back there again! Well, that’s exactly what happens when you go to a Planned Parenthood clinic. The word ‘choice’ has been bandied about for many years now – or should I say, it has been  ‘hijacked’? On this, the 39th anniversary of the infamous Roe vs. Wade decision, I would like to ask any and all ‘pro-choice’ folks out there to answer one simple question…

‘Seriously, what do you mean by ‘Choice’?’

choice  (chois) n.

1. The act of choosing; selection.

2. The power, right, or liberty to choose; option.

3. One that is chosen.

4. A number or variety from which to choose: a wide choice of styles and colors.

5. The best or most preferable part.

6. Care in choosing.

7. An alternative.

As the definition of the word indicates, when one speaks of choice, it should be a given that there is a range of options on the table. Think of it as looking at a menu. Do I want the Fettuccine Alfredo or the Rib-eye steak? Cheesecake, ice cream or pie? If you were to go into the restaurant in the example above and they made your ‘choice’ for you, wouldn’t you be just a wee bit peeved?

Now picture this scenario:

‘Welcome to PP, my name is Margaret and we will be testing you for pregnancy today. If you are pregnant we will not help you unless you sign a statement of intent for your abortion. Oh, by the way, pre-payment is required. Thank you and have a nice day!’

 Now how is that a choice? According to Planned Parenthood’s own published report, the statistics speak for themselves. Out of every 100 pregnant women who walk into a PP clinic, 91 will walk out as mothers of dead babies.  In 2010 their abortion vs. adoption ratio was 329,445 abortions to 841 adoption referrals.  There was a recently reported case of a young pregnant woman who went to PP for assistance. When she decided not to abort her child she was shown the door.  Although uninsured, she was not provided with the prenatal care she sought. Wait a minute! Don’t they proclaim to help the poor? There are other cases of women, who change their minds about continuing down the killing path, who are left to deliver their baby in a filthy bathroom and then their child is left to die as she screams for help.

Where is the choice in that?

All this and yet 46% of the income that Planned Parenthood generates comes from the government. They are also forcing you and me to be complicit in their dirty deeds! So even the citizens of these United States are not being given a ‘choice’!

Whenever you have a discussion with a pro-choice pro-abortion person, do you ever hear them mention helping a woman in a difficult pregnancy? Do they mention alternatives such as crisis pregnancy centers or adoption? Not in my experience! What they generally do is deflect by some obscure statement about pro-life people wanting to force women to be ‘breeders’…how we don’t care about the women or their babies – only about getting that kid born. Then they accuse us of simply dropping the ball.

Well let me ask you pro-choice pro-abortion people something, ‘what exactly are the choices that you present?’ When you tell your friends or afrightened pregnant woman/girl that they have a ‘choice’, what are those choices? I can tell you what the choices presented by the pro-life crowd are: assistance before, during and after delivery; choices of how to care for yourself and your child should you choose to keep her; and adoption – the option of giving your baby a chance at a life with someone who desperately wants her. This is an accurate example of ‘choice’ in action!

So stop the rhetoric; stop repeating the Planned Parenthood talking points. There are lives at stake and, yes, there should be choices – choices about how to love both the mother and her baby, before AND after birth. That’s how to be pro-woman! That’s how to truly offer something useful to someone who is seeking your help! That’s what we pro-lifers do!

*As part of our blogging schedule, we have agreed, as a group, that we will not be doing individual blog posts on Sundays. Usually, in an effort to keep the discussion going,  we post about Mass and our obligations on Sundays. We set up an auto-post so we can enjoy family time, too.  Given that today is the 39th anniversary of the infamous Roe vs. Wade decision, which resulted in legalizing the killing of babies in the womb, we have made an exception. We are participating in Jill Stanek’s ‘Ask them what they mean by ‘choice’ blog day. This post was, however, also written prior to Sunday and auto–posted. 

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About BirgitJ

Birgit is a 50-something cradle Catholic who is passionate about the pro-life movement. She enthusiastically serves on the Diocesan Gospel of Life Committee where she chairs pro-life events and writes pro-life articles. Birgit has been married to her Catholic convert husband, Rick, for 37 years. They have four children and seven grandchildren (all age eight and under). Their frequent visits eliminate any fear of an empty nest! Her vibrant Catholic faith colors every aspect of her life. She also sings in the church choir with her husband and daughter. Other interests include politics, as they relate to ‘Life’, and Church liturgy as well as photography, cooking, and gardening. She can also be found on her personal blog, Designs by Birgit.

January 23, 2012 - 9:25 am

robbie - Love it! Excellent job, Birgitj! It reminds me, too, of how PP cried and whined when there was a chance of their funding being cut, and how they claimed that millions of women would lose their basic healthcare services…like mammograms. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aq0kBkUZbvQ

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