Planned Parenthood of the Heartland will now be offering adoption services in-house in clinics in Nebraska, thanks to a partnership with the Avalon Center. Not surprisingly, the anti-choice community hates the idea.
Planned Parenthood has always counseled women on adoption as one of the choices available to clients, but in the past Planned Parenthood would have to refer clients to an outside organization to discuss and facilitate the adoption. Planned Parenthood of the Heartland, which serves Nebraska, Iowa, Arkansas and eastern Oklahoma, has partnered with the Avalon Center to provide adoption services in Iowa since 2004.
Now the organization can help clients finish the entire process, completely rounding out the full-range of services offered to women.
But Julie Schmit-Albin, executive director of Nebraska Right to Life, said it seems “incongruous” that Planned Parenthood would be offering adoption counseling in the same locations where it provides abortions.
The only way that fact is “incongruous” is if it fails to acknowledge that abortion is a legal medical procedure that is part of the panoply of care available to women. The anti-choice community refuses to celebrate this expansion of services which illustrates how little their fight has to do with “saving” women or “empowering” them to make informed decisions and how much it has to do with punishing them.
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