Thursday, May 11, 2017

Pregnant and Addicted to Drugs? You Have Better Choices than Abortion

By Gemma Newsam
Live Action News

America is in the grip of an opioid epidemic, with drug overdose now killing one person every ten minutes across the country. The most recent statistics published in The Economist show that the epidemic is worsening, with more individuals addicted to opioids than ever before. As a result, the number of women who are suffering from an addiction to drugs or alcohol and becoming pregnant is also increasing year on year.

The face of the female drug addict has changed considerably in the past decade: more and more opioid addicts are coming from the middle classes, living comfortable lives in the suburbs. 

Dealing with an unwanted pregnancy when you are also in the grips of an addiction can be difficult, and many people may suggest abortion as an “easy” solution. However, abortion is not the right option for these women, whose addictions make them more prone to depression, cancer and anxiety as a result of the emotional distress that abortion can so often cause.  The pregnant addict has better choices. Here’s why:

Women Can Find Support in the Pro-Life Movement

Pro-lifers are often presented by abortion advocates as individuals who care more about the lives of babies in the womb than they do about the lives of the women and children involved in these situations once the baby in question has been born. 

However, as a recent op-ed in The Source newspaper shows, this couldn’t be further from the truth. Women experiencing unplanned pregnancies while struggling with addictions or any other lifestyle issues that they feel are incompatible with parenthood can find help from pro-life organizations. These groups can help with food, housing, clothing, education, baby supplies, and other financial and emotional needs, outside of the welfare system.

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