Students for Life of America is reporting that two Indiana abortion businesses are offering discounts on abortion to women who are already at risk for coerced abortions.
Whole Woman’s Health in South Bend has discounts listed on its websites for students and military personnel. Clinic for Women in Indianapolis states that abortion is available at a discounted rate for students as well as Medicaid recipients because Medicaid does not cover most abortions in the state. Each of the facilities offers the abortion pill up to 10 weeks of pregnancy while Clinic for Women also offers surgical abortion up to 13 weeks and 6 days.
The potential clients to whom these facilities are offering discounted abortions are the same that are directly targeted for abortion by the abortion industry, with those on Medicaid, students, and members of the military frequently encouraged to abort.
Making abortion cheaper for underprivileged women will only further enforce the pro-abortion discrimination that they already experience. Free or low-cost abortion weighed against the costs associated with raising a child is a tactic used by the abortion industry to convince women that abortion is their best option.
In reality, though federal Medicaid may not pay for abortions, it does help women to afford health care for their pregnancy and for their children. And pregnancy centers will provide services and resources to help with material items such as baby clothes, baby gear, and other items new parents need. Abortion businesses lose profits when women choose life for there children, so there is no incentive for them to promote anything other than abortion as an option.
Likewise, girls and women who become pregnant in high school or college are often told they are incapable of being mothers while simultaneously earning a degree. Incentivizing abortion by making it cheaper is a strong coercive tactic. In reality, it is really the best choice for the abortion business — not women.
However, what many of these students aren’t aware of is that pregnancy resource centers can help them manage life as a student and mother and many colleges and universities are now becoming more accomodating of students who are also parents.
Women in the Military
Military women have long been expected to be “good soldiers” and have an abortion when they become pregnant. “One of the stigmas attached to a female getting pregnant on a deployment is the assumption that she did it on purpose,” said Bethany Saros, who became pregnant while stationed in Iraq. “It’s whispered about any time the word ‘pregnancy’ comes up right before or during a combat tour. The unspoken code is that a good soldier will have an abortion, continue the mission, and get some sympathy because she chose duty over motherhood. But for the woman who chooses motherhood over duty, well, she must have been trying to get out of deployment.”
As for students at military academies, there is a current policy that states they can’t have dependents. This means that women who become pregnant or men who father a child must either place their child for adoption, drop out of school, or have an abortion. If they drop out of school, they are forced to repay the government for their education. Thankfully, the Candidates Afforded Dignity, Equality, and Training Act of 2021 seeks to change this.
Women in the military already face intense pressure to abort their babies or abandon their careers. Making abortion cheaper for them will only further push them towards an abortion they may not truly want.
Every woman facing an unplanned pregnancy deserves the opportunity to be a mother to her child and access to the resources available to her when she chooses life. No one should ever feel they have to choose between their finances/education/career or their baby.
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