Nation's First Pregnancy Center to Offer Deliveries and Abortions Opens in Buffalo

Cortney O'Brien

3/12/2014 10:30:00 AM - Cortney O'Brien

Get ready to meet the biggest oxymoron of a business in your life. The nation’s first ever birthing center/abortion clinic has opened in Buffalo, N.Y.

The clinic, run by Dr. Katharine Morrison, offers a traditional slate of gynecological services, including abortion up to 22 weeks, under the name Buffalo WomenServices. But they also have a freestanding birthing center called the Birthing Center of Buffalo, where women who want a nonhospital birthing experience can go while having the benefit of being attended by a certified nurse midwife and an OB-GYN who has admitting privileges at the local hospital in case of complications.

Despite reports, this center is neither "traditional" nor "beneficial." I’m sorry, but I just have a hard time understanding how doctors can morally perform both deliveries and abortions. After witnessing mothers smiling from ear-to-ear after holding their newborn sons or daughters, how can these medical professionals stand to deny them that same joy?

Slate, however, seems to think this combination birth center is a great idea.

Having a single place to go for all your pregnancy needs instead of sorting patients out depending on their preconceptions about outcome is just plain common sense.

This Buffalo clinic, then, is a major step in the right direction. It also helps counteract anti-choice propaganda that paints abortion providers as sleazy death-lovers who try to talk women into abortions to make money. The same doctor who is performing abortions is also delivering babies. There's no contradiction there.

Yes, there is. One service brings these precious little human beings into the world, the other denies them their right to even see the light of day.

On the BuffaloWomenServices website, the center claims it “provides women with safe, legal and confidential abortion services in a compassionate and supportive setting.”

This is misleading, for nothing about abortion is compassionate. It destroys lives and families – both physically and emotionally. Shame on this center for tainting the beauty of birth with services that end it just down the hall.

Hopefully, this business will have the same fate as so many other abortion clinics last year. In the meantime, check out this awesome letter to the editor in The Buffalo News, urging people of faith to boycott the center.