After the recent signing of the abortion restriction law by the Texas state’s legislature, there was news surrounding the closing of several local health care facilities across Texas. The discussion is around the potential impact such closures would have on women’s health moving forward.
Melaney A. Linton, president and CEO of Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast, expressed her concerns regarding the recent changes saying “Ensuring Texas women have access to the care they need to stay healthy, especially women in rural and underserved areas, goes to the heart of our mission. We are making every effort to provide resources for our patients faced with health center closings; however the alarming reality is that most will be left with no real options for getting the basic, preventive health care they need."
Although we disagree with Planned Parenthood’s position on abortion, we agree on the importance of ensuring women have the best possible care—keeping them healthy and safe. Ms. Linton makes a valid point that access to appropriate facilities is necessary for women to receive the care they need.
There are many qualified pregnancy counseling centers available, as well as 24-hour counseling help lines like 1.800.BETHANY. I encourage all women facing unplanned pregnancies to meet with a licensed counselor – at Bethany or with other organizations – for an open and honest discussion on their options including adoption if unable to parent.