To the pro-life protestors carrying signs that say “women regret abortions,” tell this to the woman with more children than she can manage as she watches them fail out of school, get involved with drugs and gangs, and teeter upon falling into the same trap she fell prey to as a young woman. Women regret giving birth too. Go hunt down the deadbeat who said he would take care of her when she told him she was pregnant again. Go make him get a job, keep a job, pay child support and actively parent his children. Oh, he’s in prison, addicted to drugs or fled the state? Oops. I would love for all men to be knights in shining armor who uphold their promises and responsibilities, but the unfortunate reality is that many men run away instead of standing tall.
When it comes to reproduction, the burden of pregnancy and parenting is often born almost exclusively by the woman. The physical and financial resources needed to carry a pregnancy to term and raise the resulting child have a long track record of causing women to drop out of school, forego work to stay at home, and become permanently dependent upon an unwilling partner or government welfare.
The cycle of poverty starts with childbirth prior to becoming an established and independent adult. The number one risk factor for being a welfare-dependent woman is being born to a welfare-dependent mother. Despite decades of progress and the advancement of women in all areas of academia, leadership, and professionalism, many American girls grow up believing their only option is to be dependent upon government support. They don’t know pregnancy can be planned, or if they do know, they don’t have access to contraception. They don’t possess the individual strength to demand their partner participate in contraception. Their community expects them to become pregnant at an early age, drop out of school and the workforce and become dependent upon the government. These are lost lives, entire stories consumed by premature maternity. There are exceptions, but they are few and far between.
The way to stop this cycle – to promote the advancement of Texas – is to increase access to contraception, health and wellness screenings, educational programs and to promote healthy lifestyle choices. Texas doesn’t need fewer abortion clinics. Texas needs fewer unintended and unhealthy pregnancies.
To the republicans, you’re making my ruby red blood boil blue.