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The Economics of Abortion

It turns out that the current economic situation is not just affecting housing and car purchases, but it is also affecting whether or not people will keep the children they have conceived.  There’s lots wrong with turning the decision to have a child into a strictly economic descision, but that’s not what I want to focus on.  Rather, it’s the story of one young woman that got to me.

She decided to have an abortion for economic reasons.  But listen to her hopelessness:

Her boyfriend had lost his job, she told her doctor in Oakland, and now — fearing harder times for her family — she wanted to abort what would have been her fourth child.

“This was a desired pregnancy — she’d been getting prenatal care — but they re-evaluated expenses and decided not to continue,” said Dr. Pratima Gupta. “When I was doing the options counseling, she interrupted me halfway through, crying, and said, ‘Dr. Gupta, I just walked here for an hour. I’m sure of my decision.”‘

She felt like she had no options.  It wasn’t just an economic decision (though it was that), but it was also a decision made from hopelessness.

It seems to me that local churches have a role to play in this.  We say we are against abortion, but would we be willing to fund the birth of a child?  (It’s really expensive, if you didn’t know).  More than even that, are we willing to lend support the family for a long period of time?

We can say that we are pro-life all we want.  But there may come a moment when we come into personal contact with a situation, and we have to put our money where our mouth is.  Even more, perhaps we even need to seek such situations out!

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  1. Heather
    May 18, 2009 at 11:05 am

    Hmmm…never thought of these things before. Your posts have a way of doing that to me. They challenge my “comfortable” belief system and make me quite uncomfortable. I think you’re right and that we have to be willing to put our money, time and resources where our beliefs are. I found myself responding to your post and hoping against hope that it had a happy ending. That a church or individual paid for the delivery and either supported the family or handled the adoption.

  2. jlemke
    May 19, 2009 at 12:01 pm

    Well, now we’re both uncomfortable. ‘Cuz I didn’t like the implications of my own post!!

  3. Brian D.
    May 19, 2009 at 12:38 pm

    I have to wonder, would GLBC be willing to step up and help a family like this in our own local area?

    So, the question then is do our local Doctors, hospitals, pregnancy centers, and pregnancy option centers even know that a church or even GLBC (if that is the role we take) is willing to offer families more options?

    The implications are very well stated and they are crystal clear.

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