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Contrary to pro-abortionists, having a baby is not a career-killer

by | Jan 25, 2016

By Maria Gallagher, legislative director, Pennsylvania Pro-Life Federation

working-mom1reIn a move that seems oddly anachronistic, abortion advocates are now trying to convince the U.S. Supreme Court that a woman cannot achieve professional success if she has a baby.

USA Today quotes a brief submitted in the Texas case now before the High Court by female lawyers, professors, and law students who, it is said, were “united in their strongly held belief that they would not have been able to achieve the personal or professional successes they have achieved were it not for their ability to obtain safe and legal abortions.”

I heard one long-time pro-life advocate say that the abortion industry tends to copy the pro-life movement in approaching both the legislative branch and the courts. This truism is apparent in this case, which calls to mind the many, many post-abortive women who have offered testimony about the great harm they suffered from their abortions and how they came to regret those decisions. Those women have stood on the steps of the U.S. Supreme Court, courageously sharing the searing pain, the unspeakable heartache of babies lost to abortion.

As Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy wrote in the 2007 decision on the federal partial-birth abortion ban, “Some women come to regret their choice to abort the infant life they once created and sustained.” It is in response to that observation that the abortion industry is going anecdotal, filing friend-of-the-court briefs in which having an abortion is celebrated as a career advancer.

As one brief says, the women involved “strongly believe that the right to access an abortion was and is crucial to their and every woman’s ability to define her own existence, determine her future, achieve her dreams and aspirations, and be an equal participant in our society.”

But this is 2016, not 1973. An unexpected pregnancy does not have to forever close a professional door for a woman. Creative solutions allowing parenting women to pursue their education and their career goals abound. Not to mention the fact that many, many women see parenting itself as the greatest career path of all. Other women may view adoption as the best solution for themselves and their children which, again, would not pose an obstacle to their eventual career advancement.

This is not to say that parenting is easy, or that placing a child for adoption is a quick decision, or that professional success can come without sacrifice.

But a baby is not a dream-killer. It is false to say that there is no way a woman can serve as a lawyer, a doctor, or a teacher if she experiences an unexpected pregnancy. Innovative solutions exist to the challenges she faces—solutions that are peaceful and do not harm a single unborn child.

Abortion promoters are saying the case has the power to overturn the U.S. Supreme Court’s Roe v. Wade decision which brought about abortion on demand for any reason essentially during all nine months of pregnancy. What they actually mean by that is that somehow requiring abortion clinics to meet the general safety standards applied to other facilities that operate primarily to provide surgical services and abortionists to have admitting privileges at a nearby hospital is equivalent to overturning Roe.


Speaking of anecdotal evidence Nielsen Music reported that a mother’s melodies proved to be the top-selling album of 2015 in the U.S. The album was the work of the highly-gifted singer Adele, who has been quoted as saying that having her son was the “greatest thing I ever did.”

While she has also candidly spoken about how hard motherhood can be, she remains a chart-topper, even with a child in tow.

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Categories: Abortion