Legislators who are against women terminating pregnancies are the same ones who cut taxes for the wealthy and want to cut funding to programs that help children born into poverty. They endeavor to cut the budgets for SNAP, food assistance, child care credits, education, and health care. They and their misogynistic supporters who obviously have little regard for women’s rights, ironically consider themselves to be righteous.

Sister Joan D. Chittister, an American Benedictine nun, theologian, author, and speaker who has served as Benedictine prioress and Benedictine federation president, president of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious, and co-chair of the Global Peace Initiative of Women, said “I do not believe that just because you are opposed to abortion, that that makes you pro-life. In fact, I think in many cases, your morality is deeply lacking if all you want is a child born but not a child fed, a child educated, a child housed. And why would I think that you don’t? Because you don’t want any tax money to go there. That’s not pro-life. That’s pro-birth. We need a much broader conversation on what the morality of pro-life is.”

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mjw

Well said!! I've always wondered why pro lifers stopped at the care and well being of the child. Put your money where your mouth is. Having children is not a cheap endeavor and shutting down Planned Parenthoods only really hurts the poor. Think about this when you read another story about an infant or toddler murdered and stuffed into a backpack!!

Henberta

Thank you - you have perfectly summarized the hypocrisy of so many who want to tell women what to do with their bodies, but force them to bear the consequences alone. Unwanted, unloved children are often abused and live in misery and poverty - and ultimately are far more likely to turn to drugs, crime and abuse as adolescents and adults.

betterboy

No one force a woman to have children. They make that conscious decision. It is also a personal responsibility for parents to take care of their own children. It is not the responsibility of the taxpayers to take care of multipe children that many decide to have from the cradle to the grave.

betterboy

In the 21st century in is not necessary for a woman to have a child. There are pills to use daily or the morning after to prevent pregnancies so women do have control of their bodies. It is not the responsibility of the taxpayers to take care of one or multiple children that women choose to have. Empathy should only be had for widowed mothers.

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