A Fox News contributor denounced the “culture” of abortion on Fox News Sunday, claiming there is a “stigma” against teenagers who carry babies to term and give them up for adoption. In a discussion about the current Plan B controversy, Nina Easton of Fortune Magazine conceded that expanding access to birth control is an effective way to reduce abortions. However, she quickly pivoted to the need to “celebrate” young girls who carry pregnancies to term for adoptive parents:
I do think there’s a case to be made for conservatives or anybody who cares about the rate of abortions in this country to deregulate birth control more, although I also understand a need for parents to be involved. One of the things out of all of this news, including the president’s speech to Planned Parenthood and this Gosnell case of murdering babies, is we’re looking at a culture that produces 1.2 million abortions a year. We’re losing sight of that fact. I would say that in addition to deregulating birth control, another thing we need to do is celebrate young women who bring a baby to term and find an adoptive parent. There’s such a stigma today to being an adoptive birth mom that you’re more willing to admit that you’ve had an abortion than that you are delivering a healthy newborn to a loving family. What’s wrong with our culture that that’s where we are today?
Easton offered up Obama’s speech to Planned Parenthood and the Gosnell trial as evidence of how young women who choose to carry babies to term for adoption are being stigmatized. While it’s true that only 1 percent of single pregnant women choose adoption, Easton glosses over the difficulty involved in maintaining a normal life for 9 months as a pregnant teenager. Moreover, birthmothers under 17 are more likely to change their minds about the adoption and keep the baby, making them vulnerable to dropping out of high school and a permanent cycle of poverty that entraps the majority of teen moms. While adoption can be a good option for many pregnant women, Easton’s suggestion that teen pregnancy should be celebrated while abortion should be stigmatized is playing with fire.
Meanwhile, teen pregnancies are at their lowest rate in 40 years, thanks to expanded birth control and abortion access.