Bristol Palin talks about how hard it was to tell her parents she was pregnant:
In the interview, Bristol admitted that confessing the pregnancy to her family was more difficult than the birth of her baby — saying it was “harder than labor.”
Since labour is not universally acknowledged as being super easy, we can imagine what it felt like for her to tell her parents. That’s when our abortion-friendly culture kicks in for so many. For how many kids do you bet it’s easier to go “fix the problem” than have to tell anyone?
Rebecca adds: The pro-life charity Efrat in Israel works to stop abortion by trying to provide whatever an individual woman would need to make her choose to give birth to the baby. Very often, what teenagers living at home need is someone to come with them when they tell their parents, who can de-escalate and moderate the inevitable anger and betrayal and disappointment and fear most parents face when they learn their underage daughter is going to be a mother. They also need to know that there are people and an organization who will find a home for them if their worst fears are realized and their parents throw them out. My understanding is that the vast majority of the time, this doesn’t happen – but an awful lot of pregnant teenagers are scared that it might. If telling your parents seems scarier than labour, it probably seems a lot scarier than an abortion, especially when abortion is presented as a minor procedure, about as painful and less time-consuming than getting a cavity filled (which, from a purely technical perspective, is probably accurate).