As an increasing number of states enact pro-life legislation ahead of the pivotal Dobbs Supreme Court case this summer, which could potentially return the authority to govern abortion back to the states, a predictable narrative has emerged in the mainstream media: abortion restrictions are "destroying" women's health care and are "oppressing" low income women.
But what this narrative conveniently fails to mention is the robust system of approximately 3,000 pregnancy resource centers (PRCs) that have been in place in all 50 states for decades -- centers that provide women with unplanned pregnancies everything from free ultrasounds and other health care services to diapers and baby clothes as well as parenting and prenatal education classes.
What pro-abortion activists and the mainstream media persistently ignore is the fact that there is a pro-life infrastructure of people already in place across the country ready to help women with unplanned pregnancies, and this infrastructure continues to grow every day.
A perfect example of this is the state of Texas, which passed the strongest pro-life law in the country in the almost 50 years since Roe v. Wade was passed -- a six-week abortion ban that has remained in effect since last September. Since the law was enacted, the number of abortions in Texas have fallen by more than half. So how are the needs of women with unplanned pregnancies being met in Texas? By pro-life organizations like Human Coalition, who have established a system of health clinics in Texas and other states specifically designed to meet the needs of women who are considering abortion. They also offer women with ongoing care, connecting them with "mentors that provide support such as financial, job-training, job placement, maternity housing, health care" and more.
In Arizona, which recently enacted a ban on abortions past 15 weeks, there are dozens of PRCs waiting to aid women in need. The same is true in Oklahoma, Florida, and Kentucky, which all recently enacted some of the strongest pro-life legislation of any state in the country.
Whether it is helping women place their babies for adoption or aiding them in becoming mothers to their children, PRCs, the pro-life outreach of churches, and Christian adoption services are the bulwark against the lie America can't handle unplanned babies. Some estimates say that there could be as many as two million couples waiting to adopt a newborn.
The reality is that America is the richest country on earth and is the third most populous country. We have more than enough people and resources to take care of every single baby that is conceived, no matter what the circumstances of that conception may be. America must not give in to fearing new life that is conceived in less than ideal circumstances, nor must we give in to the progressive lie that babies conceived in difficult circumstances are better off dead than alive. All life is precious -- just ask the human beings who are a living testament to the value of a life conceived in the most trying situations.
Don't be fooled: A vigorous pro-life infrastructure is in place to take care of every priceless baby in a post-Roe America.
For the latest on the pro-life landscape, don't miss this interview with FRC's Connor Semelsberger, our director of Federal Affairs for Life and Human Dignity.