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The Atlantic: Abortion is a “parachute.” Well, what if there are two parachutes?

by | Sep 19, 2016

By Jay Hobbs

Editor’s note. The following is excerpted from a post at Pregnancy Help News. Mr. Hobbs is writing about a post written by Olga Khazan that appeared in the Atlantic in which she compared “abortion clinics and free-flowing birth control” to a parachute.

parachute3reTypically, the word picture of “parachute” conveys a sense of rescue, deliverance, unexpected safety from a place of desperation and hopelessness. In a recent article published at The Atlantic, however, that illustration was—to borrow a prenatal term—breeched.

At least as far as an unborn baby is concerned, that is. …

No, Abortion Isn’t a Parachute.

What, exactly, is a parachute? Without regaling you by quoting from Mr. Webster, a parachute is a device meant to save someone in a free-fall. Either the jumper leapt because a plane was going down, he’s jumping to land in enemy territory, or—and I can’t wrap my head around this one, personally—he’s jumping just for the fun of it.

The reason for his jumping aside, he’d better hope and pray all the way down that his parachute opens. In this sense, the parachute represents safety, rescue salvation. Life and death hang on that rip-cord.

If a parachute represents safety, rescue and salvation, or better yet, deliverance from the hopelessness of plummeting earthward, this could actually be the worst analogy of abortion we’ve seen to date. And rest assured, there are plenty.

Abortion, in direct contrast to a parachute, is inherently unsafe. The very best-case scenario in every one of the roughly 60 million abortions perpetrated in the U.S. since 1973 has left at least one person dead. Thankfully, there are exceptions to this rule—Gianna Jessen andT he Abortion Survivors Network are nothing short of living miracles—but they are extremely few and far between.

Tragically, this “best-case scenario” doesn’t always happen. At a Planned Parenthood abortion clinic in Kalamazoo, Mich., this July 3, a young woman with her whole life ahead of her died from a botched abortion procedure. In this case, Planned Parenthood’s prescribing physician was working on a lapsed medical license for six months prior to making the lethal mistake.

This woman, Cree Erwin, just 24 years old, is by no means the only woman to suffer from the abortion industry’s unquenchable thirst for income, which knows no bounds in terms of both creativity and [and the absence of] proper government oversight. …

Of course, this doesn’t even touch on the very real and lasting emotional and spiritual complications about which so many post-abortive women and their families testify. As much as the abortion lobby would like to get the word out that only crazed anti-abortion rubes believe this takes place, there’s a reason efforts like Silent No More not only exist, but are on a definitive upswing.

They give an ever-increasing number of women and men the chance to tell the story of how abortion upended their lives, taking years and sometimes decades to even understand that “termination” that now colored their lives in a thousand unexpected, unidentified ways.

A parachute? Far from it. Abortion, in this sense, is much more like a cyanide capsule. The best-case scenario is the promise of death.

On the Other Hand… Abortion May Feel Like a Parachute. …

It’s the hypothetical dilemma of a plane going down and there’s only one parachute available for two people who need rescued. Only one will make it, and the other will surely perish. It’s a life-and-death decision: one life gets traded for another in an instant.

And that, precisely, is what so many women believe is their situation in an unexpected pregnancy. She’s shocked to find out she’s pregnant, and she finds herself on a plane, standing side-by-side with her child and just one parachute. Only one of them will make it out of this alive.

At a Planned Parenthood, the lie is monetized and exploited, as she’s sold a parachute and a justification of why she’s the one who ought to take it: Finish school, don’t disappoint your parents, stay on your career path, don’t bring a child into a broken situation.

The line items in Planned Parenthood’s catalog can only sell if they can convince a woman to make a choice she doesn’t have to make.

What if There’s a Second Parachute?

And this is exactly why women need a place like The Life Center [ a Midland Texas -based pregnancy help center which is the object of Khazan’s derisive post] which doesn’t stand to benefit financially based on her decision. Unlike Big Abortion, pregnancy help centers and medical clinics don’t rely on commission or sales.

Community-supported pregnancy centers are free to serve each woman with all the information she needs to make the healthiest decision for her and her baby. They’re free to come alongside her and give her the things she most desperately needs: time, support, information, crucial material support. Love. Choice.

What if, instead of perpetuating the out-and-out lie that there’s only one parachute for mom and her baby, we help her see that there’s a second parachute? No woman has to choose between her life and that of her baby. She can learn to embrace motherhood by either parenting or entrusting her precious child into the arms of an adoptive family.

There is a second parachute—one each for mom and baby. Planned Parenthood won’t tell her that, but you can count on The Life Center to do just that today in West Texas.

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