Letters to the Editor

Abortion access nonexistent in Centre County

Abortion access nonexistent in Centre County

Many Centre Countians who support abortion access remain ignorant of the state of such access in our region. The fact is that we have no abortion care providers in Centre County; the closest place to receive abortion care is Harrisburg. What we do have is the Pregnancy Resource Clinic on Pugh Street in State College, which is an anti-abortion counseling center. Such centers are quickly replacing — indeed far outnumber — actual places to get an abortion all over the U.S. PRC fashions itself as warm and supportive, and indeed for many people it provides helpful services. But anyone actually seeking the full range of pregnancy decision-making resources won’t find it there, and PRC’s cozy pronatalism is ultimately yoked with the legal, economic, and ideological forces which work to make abortion essentially inaccessible.

It’s no surprise that many people who support abortion access assume that places like PRC does, too — such “clinics” are designed to appear that way. They test for STIs, provide free pregnancy tests, and offer parenting classes. It’s almost like they simply forgot about abortion, and hope that we will, too. And apparently many of us have.

Anyone interested in supporting full spectrum pregnancy care this holiday season might consider donating to All Options (https://www.all-options.org), a national organization that promotes unconditional, judgment-free support for people in all of their decisions, feelings, and experiences with pregnancy, parenting, abortion, and adoption. Or support Abortion Conversation Projects (http://www.abortionconversation project.org/), an organization that funds innovative, community-based stigma-shifting efforts.

Abby Minor, Aaronsburg