Economics of Planned Parenthood


As you may have heard, last week an Anti-Abortion Political group (The Susan B. Anthony List) spent over half a million bucks trying to get Congress to cut $75m in funding to Planned Parenthood, a women’s health care provider that also performs the most abortion in the U.S.. An important thing to note is that abortions account for less than 3% of Planned Parenthood’s operations; the majority of their efforts are spent at helping women prevent unwanted pregnancy through education and contraceptives, while the other is in helping those whom have had a child at an unfortunate time learn how to raise them properly. Looking on Planned Parenthood’s site, they claim 1 out of 3 women in the U.S. have an abortion by the time they are 45 years old, that figure is astonishing.
It blows my mind how ignorant and just plain despicable people are in regards to other’s decisions regarding abortion. For those of your pro-lifers… what is the logic behind your stance?

Let me start off by saying this is a personal matter that has no direct impact on you. You have no emotional ties to the family or to the non-born being. But opinions aside I’d like to state why abortions are economically valuable to the general public and to the lives of those directly involved. Let’s push religious views aside and look at reality.

Which is better: an unwanted/unplanned child entering this world into a sometimes hostile environment in which there is no compassion, love, or connection from its parent(s). More often than not, entering into an environment where the parent(s) are not capable or unready to raise this child properly, given their maturity level, knowledge, or fiscal situation. “Hell, they shouldn’t have been having sex than” – well perhaps not, but perhaps this pregnancy came about by mistake or misjudgment. Or perhaps it was unwanted altogether but was brought on by a violent and unfortunate act of rape.


Would you prefer the potential offspring’s life to be kept from happening. Stop it before it disrupts a young person’s life, throwing them off-track and eroding their chances at future success. This potential-being is not yet alive; it has no heart-beat, no sex, no mind. What are we really saving here? Wouldn’t you prefer to care for those whom actually exist, greatly improving not only their situation but the potential lives of their future offspring?
Children entering this world too soon bring on loads of hardship and fiscal distress. People’s futures are crushed as massive responsibilities are brought on. Neglect for the unwanted child is high and by no means healthy for their development. Jobs are lost, futures are destroyed and financial burdens are passed onto the greater public through higher probabilities of crime, avoidable hospital visits, and the degraded potential of all individuals involved.

So, pro-lifers, please enlighten me as to how a child growing up in a less-than-favorable environment is better than halting the problem before it exists. Instead of stopping funding from going to a program that educates and prevents more people from having to go through the terrible process of abortion than from actually performing them, you donate your time, money & energy in helping to educate youth and avoid this devastating event.

  • Mike
    I highly respect your stance on this matter. I look forward to hearing what others whom disagree have to say. Mistakes happen, why should those involved not have a choice to remove a potential problem from growing larger?
    April 13th, 2011, 2:22 pm reply
  • zzachery
    Let me play devil's advocate here. I in no way think abortion should be made illegal, but I can make an argument for it.

    America is slowly becoming a "government by lobbyists" and we can actually see a true "government by lobbyists" in affect in
    ... more
    May 16th, 2011, 10:53 pm reply

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