cant afford the abortion or the kid
April 20, 2009 § 9 Comments
from USA today:
Other doctors are hearing similarly wrenching tales. For many Americans, the recession is affecting their most intimate decisions about sex and family planning. Doctors and clinics are reporting that many women are choosing abortions and men are having vasectomies because they cannot afford a child.
Planned Parenthood of Illinois clinics performed an all-time high number of abortions in January, many of them motivated by the women’s economic worries, said CEO Steve Trombley, who declined to give exact numbers. Abortions at Planned Parenthood’s St. Louis-area clinics were up nearly 7% in the second half of 2008 from a year earlier — ending a stretch in which the numbers were dwindling.
see, i think that this ‘recession’ is a depression. and this depression is bad. one of the worst we have had. so of course it is affecting reproductive choices. kind of pisses me off that in the govt there is all this talk about ‘family values’ but the same folks who claim to stand for such values well…you know the old screed….hypocrites….all of them….
and from the chicago tribune
The interviews also suggest that more women are struggling to afford contraception and that, in some cases, they are risking their physical and emotional health by delaying abortion procedures for weeks as they seek a way to pay the cost.
One married woman told the Tribune she and her husband made the painful choice to end her pregnancy because they could not afford a third child. But the family’s insurance doesn’t cover abortions, and not until her 14th week could they pull together enough money to pay.
Abortion rates have been declining for years, and experts said it is too early to know if the nation’s financial woes will change that trend. Government and private agencies that track abortions have not yet compiled statistics for 2008 or early 2009.
well this just point once again to the analysis from the reproductive justice movement. that choice is not the answer. that one has to take an intersectional approach to these matters and understand that reproductive services including abortion are not available to folks who dont have the cash.
and how much choice is there when you are decide not to have a child because you cant afford it. and you cant get an abortion cause you cant afford it either?
this is making me think that maybe we can start looking into alternatives to the medical abortion. for instance the herbal abortion methods.
which reminds me of sitting in a meeting a couple of weeks ago as we were discussing a womens community health project here in cairo and i asked if there were traditional birth control methods in the community. and folks looked at me like i was a lil off. and irrelevant. obviously medical contraception is superior to any of their other methods. hmmm….well i was just asking…since medical contraception can get awfully expensive.
you know we got to start thinking creatively. outside of the systems that dont support us. as more of us lose our health care, our pay check, our plan a. find new ways and traditional ones of supporting women in their difficult decisions.