I Might as Well Contribute to the Politicization of Mother’s Day – Planned Parenthood and Abortion
The blogosphere (certain portions of it) has been all atwitter this week about Planned Parenthood’s Mother’s Day fundraising campaign, in which the organization asks that you “make your gift in honor of someone you love for Mother’s Day.”
A representative of the Silent No More Awareness Campaign stated, “The irony of Planned Parenthood asking for Mother’s Day donations in honor of mothers and daughters hardly needs pointing out.” I suppose if you assume that the women who have abortions are not mothers, will never be mothers, then you might not need the irony pointed out. Some do seem to assume this, as a local blogger called Planned Parenthood “the organization that turns would-be mothers into non-mothers.”
In fact, the CDC reports that in 2004, of the women who had legal induced abortions, “40% were known to have had no previous live births, and 32% had two or more previous live births. The abortion ratio was highest for women who had three previous live births and lowest for those who had one previous live birth.”
In other words, 60% of women who have abortions are already mothers, and women with more children have a higher rate of abortion than those with fewer children. Aside from which, Planned Parenthood offers other reproductive health services that women (including mothers) may very well need throughout their lives. A woman may choose not to carry a particular pregnancy to term, but that does not mean that none of these women are mothers. Say what you want about the “appropriateness” of a Planned Parenthood Mother’s Day fundraising drive, but vanishing 60% of the women who have abortions just because they don’t fit a stereotype or useful narrative simply isn’t truthful.
Happy Mother’s Day, Mom. It’s all your fault/to your credit that I mouth off when I should have the “decency” to keep quiet (but we can totally blame Dad if you prefer).
Update: The Archcrone is talking about a Mother’s Day “funeral for unborn babies” organized by a church in Knoxville, TN and their comparison of women seeking abortion to 9/11 terrorists (with links to related commentary).