Terminating an UNWANTED pregnancy is a difficult, and soul-searching, but ultimately logical decision, and it's nobody's business but that of the woman or girl who finds herself pregnant.
The very idea of forcing a female of any age to give birth to an unwanted child is nothing short of emotionally, psychologically, and financially barbaric.
This is not the dark ages, this is 2013. No one has the right to even attempt to relegate free American women to the status of brood mares.
Median annual income of a female high school drop out (age 25+) is $10,786. and of a high school graduate, $15,962
Average cost of rearing and educating a neurotypical child to maturity/self-sufficiency (age 18) $235,000 (over $13,000 yr)
The financial end of the problem of legally mandating childbirth is self-evident. Public funding must be provided.
Terminating a WANTED pregnancy is difficult, soul-searching, and heartbreaking. It is also no one's first choice, but for the time being at least, when faced with a fetus that will become a severely handicapped child, all the choices are bad.
At this moment, we are fairly adept at finding chromosomal flaws and horribly inept at fixing them. There is no chemical or surgical remedy available if a woman finds out, while pregnant, that her child-to-be has cystic fibrosis, fragile X, Down syndrome, Tay-Sachs, anencephaly, autism, etc. (Most scientists now agree that autism, a highly variable neurodevelopmental disorder and lifelong disability that cannot be cured in a medical sense, is of genetic origin and develops in the womb).
The woman who was joyfully looking forward to motherhoood is facing a situation in which, if the fetus is carried to term, it would be born with severe abnormalities that would cause suffering for the baby, and ongoing psychological trauma for the parents.
Such a birth also represents an overwhelming, lifelong, devastating financial burden to not only the family, but to society in general.
There is no self-sufficiency in the future of such a child. The shortfall between the cost of care and a family's ability to pay for the legally mandated birth of a severely handicapped child, carried to term against the parent's wishes, must, of necessity, be born by taxpayers.
Average cost of raising a severely handicapped child requiring 24 x 7 care through age 66 $3,200,000. ($48,484 yr).
The 2012 Median Income
of US households was $45,018 per annum.
Regardless of being cognizant of these numbers, since the beginning of the 112thCongress in January 2011, the Republican-controlled House has continued to cast a minimum of ONE VOTE A WEEK in favor of anti-women policies which undermine women’s health, roll back women’s rights, and defund programs and institutions which provide support for women. Republicans have opposed all levels of wellness and preventative health care for women, including contraception, and access to safe abortion services, even in the event of rape or incest.
The GOP platform opposes funds for family planning, insists that women, even female children, must give birth against their will, regardless of the circumstances that resulted in the pregnancy, deny health care to pregnant women, have proposed cuts to nutrition assistance that would kick 280,000 low-income children off automatic enrollment in the Free School Lunch and Breakfast Program, refuse to expand pre-Kindergarten education, and 138 of the misogynistic House Republicans even voted against the Violence Against Women Act.
In March of 2013, Iowa GOP lawmakers attempted to curtail divorce, with the excuse that they worry it makes young women more 'promiscuous'.
Also in March of 2013, little more than a week after Arkansas adopted the country’s most stringent abortion limits, banning the procedure at 12 weeks of pregnancy, the North Dakota Legislature on Friday passed a more restrictive bill that would ban most abortions as early as 6 weeks into pregnancy.
The majority of women don't even know that they're pregnant at that point.
The Legislature, which is dominated by Republicans, also passed a second measure that would ban abortions sought because of a genetic abnormality. The law makes exceptions for abortion to save the life of the mother or for other severe medical emergencies, but not in cases of rape or incest.
Since 1973, under Supreme Court rulings, women have had the right to an abortion. The time frame given is until the fetus is viable outside the womb, generally around 24 weeks into pregnancy.
Clearly, to Republicans, neither women's legal rights nor their health and well being matter one single whit.
That matter will be forefront in the minds of women voters in 2014.
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