May 8 — Is there a kind of… irony? … sweet and sour ? …to speak of the almost certain death of Roe c. Wade on Mother’s Day. In part because the increasingly restrictive anti-abortion laws proliferating in state legislatures — including our own — are so focused on the unborn that they completely ignore mothers.
These laws do not take into account the woman who wants to be a mother but cannot afford it now, or who wants to be a mother but not her rapist’s baby. They don’t take into account the woman who wants that baby so badly but knows her child won’t survive more than a few hours outside the womb because of fetal abnormalities. They don’t take into account the woman whose dream is to become a mother, but if she carries this pregnancy to term, she will be so damaged that she will never be able to have children again.
There are so many flaws in the pro-birth movement – sorry, “pro-life” – that we don’t have room to list them all. But the fundamental fault is this: because it’s not a choice they would make for themselves, it’s not a choice anyone should be able to make.
It has ironically become the hallmark of the Republican Party. The GOP claims it’s the party of limited government and individual rights, but it’s increasingly forcing government into bedrooms and personal decisions, not to mention the fact that the majority of Americans support access to abortion. They constantly and systematically reduce the rights of individuals. (Don’t even get us started on the three justices who lied to Congress about leaving Roe alone.)
If Roe v. Wade needs to be overthrown (at which point corpses will have greater autonomy than living women), so the “pro-life” supporters need to step in.
Every pro-life politician in Washington, DC, must immediately commit to restoring the child tax credit and making it permanent, because the unprepared now forced into parenthood will need all the help they can get. Congress must also establish a federal minimum paid parental leave (the FMLA is unpaid) because new parents and the baby need time to adjust after a birth, but they also need income. Since the government forces virtually all babies conceived to be born, parents will need all the support the government can provide.
While there, Congress must require that all insurance, including insurance provided by religious organizations, cover all forms of contraception, including male birth control. If the government does not allow people to terminate a pregnancy, it should provide them with all the tools possible to prevent an unwanted conception.
Finally, every adult who supports the overturning of Roe v. Wade should immediately contact the Department of Health and Human Resources or one of the many private agencies to become a foster parent. West Virginia alone has nearly 7,000 children in the foster care system, and that number will grow as abandoned and neglected children born as a result of Roe’s breakup enter the system.
Do you consider yourself “pro-life”? Well prove it. You made sure that these children were born. Now you need to make sure they are supported.