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|Mon, 05-03-2010 - 8:05am|
Is Planned Parenthood such a bad thing? I think one of my main worries about abortion is the younger crowd that feels like they have no other option. For whatever reason, a young couple (high school age) decides that their only option is an abortion. If PP (or something similar) isn't available to them, what would they do to get rid of the unwanted pregnancy?
I'm glad that kids are better educated these days than they use to be but I can't imagine a world where there won't be the kids that try drastic measures to get rid of an unwanted pregnancy.
It's a good plan
The best way to prevent abortions is to prevent unwanted pregnancies
May 2, 2010, 9:11PM
Tomorrow Planned Parenthood will begin moving into its new headquarters at 4600 Gulf Freeway. The former Sterling Bank — more than twice as large as Planned Parenthood's previous space on Fannin — will be far more visible, too.
Blue-and-green plaid glass has replaced the old white stone cladding, but the building's shape remains as distinctive as ever. Some people see a six-story cash register; others, an Aztec temple. Peter Durkin, the president and CEO of the Planned Parenthood for Southeast Texas, Louisiana and the Mississippi Delta, prefers a hopeful metaphor. It's a giant staircase, he says, leading upward in the prevention of unwanted and teen pregnancies.
Durkin is an optimist. A pessimist would note that in that worthy cause, we have an awfully long climb ahead.
In the U.S., half of all pregnancies aren't planned. Among Western industrialized nations, we rank first in the rate of teen pregnancies.
Closer to home, the statistics grow even more appalling. Texas has the third-highest rate of births to teen mothers in the nation — and even worse, ranks first for repeat births to teen mothers. Houston tops every other American city in the number of girls under the age of 15 who give birth.
For more of the article, click here: http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/editorial/6986703.html