Every week I stand outside the abortion clinic in my city. Every week there is silent opposition sporting lime green vests that always catches me eye. Inspired by Abby Johnson's And Then There Were None, a campaign that focuses on capturing the attention of abortion clinic workers, and providing them a way out of the business, I decided to write a letter to the green vested group of workers at my local clinic, the escorts.
Dear Clinic Escort,
I know you’ve seen me around the clinic lately, and are possibly annoyed by my presence. Even so the purpose of this letter is not to annoy you, or as much as I want to, bash the abortion industry. I understand that your job is volunteer based, and I actually would like to thank you for being willing to give your time in support of women. The economy today has made life very hard for everyone, and an unwanted pregnancy is a terrifying thing. Whether or not the father is involved, mothers in tough situations tend to be concerned with the welfare of their child. This is where abortions often come in. I truly do understand your concern, it is my concern as well, however we have other ways of handling it. In 2011, 74% of pregnancies in [my state] resulted in live birth, and 10% in abortion. I do not have the exact numbers for what percentages of those pregnancies are within a tough situation, however I would be willing to bet that more of those women are included in the 74%. My question then becomes who helps those women, and her family? As for the women within the 10% will the abortion help their financial situation? Who will help them beyond the clinic? An option for both is VFS, who offers financial planning advice, pregnancy and adoption services, and counseling services for the a single person and or couples. Now how can you become involved in helping women and others in a different manner? FCC offers pregnancy resources, and with help from groups around the area provides some aid to poorer families, and has volunteer opportunities. Volunteering at a food bank or with the Salvation Army can help more than just women. Your time is valuable in changing the lives of others, and again I am thankful that you are willing to give your time. I am simply asking you to take a step and do more in helping the lives of these women, and in some cases their family. There are other opportunities for you, will you answer the call?