Bowl-a-Thon Raises Money for 14-Year-Old's Abortion

bowlingThe National Network of Abortion Funds (NNAF) recently held a Bowl-a-Thon and raised over $400,000 for abortions. On its website, it highlighted the story of 14-year-old Darcy, who was given a “second chance” when she terminated her child’s life pregnancy with money provided by the group’s “George Tiller Memorial Fund.”

Reminder: George Tiller was the late-term abortion provider that was murdered by nut-job anarchist Scott Roeder in 2009.

Darcy didn’t want to tell her mom, but lives in a state with parental consent laws, so she did. The abortion was going to cost more than the rent, so they turned to NNAF to cover the cost. Darcy says, “Getting my abortion means I’m going to get a second chance. And I want to make it count.”

My heart breaks for this girl. Abortion doesn’t erase bad decisions; it just rips a hole in your heart and tears at your soul. It’s the dirty little secret that no one wants to talk about: You have to grieve the loss of your child and your own hand in it while pretending to the world (and yourself) that you’re empowered.

Abortion ends a life. How does that make anything better?

Statistics say that Darcy won’t take advantage of this “second chance” but will likely be back at the clinic for another abortion. Half of all abortions are performed on women that have had at least one previously. She’s also four times more likely to use drugs than if she’d carried her baby to term.

A teen pregnancy is not easy to deal with, but it can provide an incredible opportunity to show love and support to a young girl, and give her the chance to discover that she is capable of great things. Real empowerment doesn’t come by trying to pretend that a life never existed; it comes from giving the priceless gift of a child to someone that has waited years for one.

A girl that gives her baby up for adoption has a reason to live, to apply herself to her studies and make something of her life. Handing over her child to someone else to raise will likely be the most difficult thing she ever does in her life, but she will always have the deep satisfaction of knowing she gave the greatest gift that can be given – life.

Young ladies like Darcy should be rallied around, encouraged, protected, and celebrated for taking a crappy situation and making it into a beautiful celebration of life. Abortion doesn’t fix anything. It’s not a reset button. Life doesn’t have a reset button.


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Autum... Autumnleaves87

Ponychaser brings a good point. These are publicly raised funds specifically used for abortions. Whoever donates funds to the NNAF I'm sure are AWARE this money is going to help young struggling girls like Darcy obtain an abortion. There is nothing scandalous or wrong about this situation and honestly Jenny you've gonr to ridiculous new lows on this one.

Another comment was made about your anti-welfare articles and views you have and it just amazes me you don't see the complete disfunction going on in your brain.... You are thinking its a good idea for this child to be brought into the world by ANOTHER child? Into a family that can't even afford an abortion? They will end up getting taken care of by the government... Which you are so blatantly against.

For ME, I'm proud this family had an alternative to turn to, and its good to know this fund will help others in the same situation. Now THAT is what's empowering.

nonmember avatar Melissa

Wow. I just discovered CafeMom today and thought it would be a great place to read some thought-provoking articles. Way to make a first impression.

nonmember avatar Ashley

I find it borderline hysterical, in an ironic way, that so many people are anti-abortion yet also anti-helping children and/or women. Unless you are fostering or adopting unwanted babies, you DO NOT have an opinion on what any child/woman decides to do with their body. Stay out of my uterus and I'll stay out of yours.

Thank goodness someone had the decency to help that girl. You know, the life that's already here and deserves protection and a second chance.

nonmember avatar Heather

”A person is a person no matter how small” (suess). Abortion is murder. No matter what the situation, abortion is murder.

Whitn... WhitneySM

She lost her "second chance at life" when she opened her legs and had unprotected sex at FOURTEEN. She could've dealt with it for 9 months and given the baby up for adoption to someone who will love and provide for it. Abortion wasn't her only option, just the easy way out. I'm sure there's another abortion somewhere in her future since she sees how quickly this little inconvenience can be taken care of.....

paren... parentalrights1

Get over it whitney. It's great that women still own their own bodies and won't be forced to provide life support to someone else against their will.

BTW. 14 is a child. Quit expecting them to have the maturity of an adult. It's an adult act, but it's still a child that barely understood teh consequences.

Either way, it doesn't matter. Age and maturity. It's her body and she doesn't have to allow someone else to live in it if she doesn't want to.

Whitn... WhitneySM

Excuses, excuses. If you're mature enough to have sex then deal with the consequences. Anyone who can kill their own flesh and blood child is really a monster no matter what their age.

curio... curious1145

I agree Whitney. The choice happens before the life is created, not after.

nonmember avatar Reba

I have never known a woman who has made the choice to end a pregnancy lightly.
Jenny Erikson has a nice way of fooling you into reading her crap by pretending to write an actual article instead of the right wing, holier than thou dribble she actually writes. Jenny, I hope it makes you feel good that you just publically bullied a CHILD for making one of the most difficult choices any person can. You are a disappointment.

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