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Desperation Unknown

Samantha Elbertson
Samantha Elbertson
December 14, 2023

In the intricate landscape of legal and political debates surrounding abortion, the stories of millions of women grappling with the profound impacts of this controversial choice goes untold. The damage wrought by the divisive narrative surrounding abortion has far-reaching consequences, corroding the very fabric of virtue and morality in our society. While popular media may portray the decision as a liberating "choice," it is essential to recognize the deep-seated challenges women face when forced into such decisions.

The prevailing narrative often overlooks the profound trauma experienced by women who choose abortion. Rather than empowering them, it places an undue burden on women, forcing them to redefine their inherent roles as life givers and nurturers in order to gain equal respect. This narrative neglects the fact that the majority of women who undergo abortions are coerced or forced into this decision, leading to a cascade of physical, mental, and emotional repercussions. Good Counsel and maternity homes across America witness this stark reality daily, with 75% of the mothers seeking refuge grappling with injuries, both physical and emotional, from previous abortions they felt compelled to undergo.

While surgical abortions are often touted as safe medical procedures, they carry intense risks and complications. Invasive procedures heighten the risk of infection, potential damage to the uterus, and long-term fertility issues. The emotional toll is equally significant, contributing to lasting psychological distress. Chemical abortions, facilitated by medications like mifepristone and misoprostol, pose additional dangers. Advocacy for over-the-counter availability neglects the potential complications that may arise without proper medical supervision, including heavy bleeding, infection, and incomplete abortion. The absence of direct medical oversight raises concerns about accurate dating of pregnancies, undiagnosed ectopic pregnancies, and the ability to address unforeseen complications promptly.

A distressing reality unfolds for women in poverty, who disproportionately face the pressures leading to abortion. Trapped in abusive relationships, coerced decisions, and lacking familial support, women are pushed toward choices they might not otherwise make. In the guise of female empowerment, our society has become toxic towards femininity and fertility. Pope Francis' call for a culture of encounter resonates, urging society to address the root causes of challenges rather than resorting to the quick fix of abortion.

Maternity homes, such as the network provided by GoodCounsel, stand as beacons of hope and empowerment for women facing difficult circumstances. These homes offer not only shelter but also practical assistance, counseling, and emotional support, addressing the underlying issues that may lead women to consider abortion. By standing on the front lines and providing a holistic approach to care, these homes empower women to choose life.

Support for maternity homes like Good Counsel is paramount for their continued success. Whether through financial contributions, volunteerism, or raising awareness, active participation in the culture of life can make a tangible difference in the lives of vulnerable women and their unborn children. As we engage in discussions about healthcare for women, recognizing the dangers associated with all abortions, especially for those facing poverty, abuse, and a lack of support, is crucial.

Women do not kill their babies because they feel supported, empowered and respected by society. Abortion is a desperate act. By choosing compassion over coercion, understanding over judgment, and life over desperation, we pave the way for a society that values and supports life at every turn.


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