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Abortion and poverty/social exclusion
No woman should be driven to abort her baby through poverty or social
exclusion. Abortion simply allows society to get away with ignoring the
problems facing women in crisis pregnancies. The compassionate response
is to allow women, whatever their background, the resources necessary
to bring up their children.
Abortion discriminates against the poor. Margaret Sanger, the founder
of International Planned Parenthood, the world's largest abortion
provider, argued in 1922 that "all our problems are the result of
overbreeding among the working classes." (Cited by Steve Mosher and
Michael W Bird in their review of Margaret Sanger's The Pivot of Civilisation)
Planned Parenthood has argued that abortion is "cost-effective" because
"for every $1.00 spent by government to pay for abortions for poor
women, about $4.00 is saved in public medical and welfare expenditures
incurred as a result of an unintended birth." (Bad Science in the Service of a Lethally Racist Ideology, Angela Franz. Cited on the nrlc.org website)
It is in the interests of governments to pay for abortion rather than
providing housing and maintenance for women and children in need. In
the UK, mothers in need can ask for state benefits and housing. The law
requires fathers to contribute to the maintenance of the child. If a
man fathers a child he
cannot simply run away.
Pro-life charities such as Good Counsel and LIFE offer housing and
support to women in crisis pregnancies. SPUC will always respond to
requests for help from pregnant women: there is no need for women to
face a crisis pregnancy alone. Women in actual danger can request
police protection and safe housing.
There are humane solutions to poverty and social exclusion. SPUC works
to create a climate of tolerance and respect for life rather than
promoting abortion as an easy way out.