So-called pro-life Republicans took the balance of power in Tennessee this year, but I’m left wondering, are you really pro-life?
Or are you just anti-abortion? Being anti-abortion is much easier. With the push of a button and the stroke of a pen, you simply criminalize an option you don’t like. Just be sure, in the fiscal note, to build in some additional prison space, along with some serious emergency-room costs for women driven by desperation to the unsafe and illegal.
The difference is simple: to be truly pro-life, one has to devote at least as much effort toward saving the babies already outside the womb. As Aunt B. so eloquently notes,
One in five babies in that neighborhood did not live to see their first birthdays. You have a better chance of celebrating your child’s first birthday in Afghanistan than you do on the south side of Nashville. In Memphis, an infant dies every 43 hours (yes, those are tiny coffins). Every other day a family loses their baby.
That’s not going to be an easy challenge. It would mean funding access to birth control for people you think should simply abstain, putting aside the values you think they should have, in deference to the realities they actually live.
It would mean putting more resources into prenatal care for girls and women you don’t think should be procreating to begin with, whose children you will have to pay to feed, clothe, doctor, and educate for the next 18 years.
Are you really pro-life? Your actions will serve as your answers.
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If you’re serious about success, Say Uncle sums it up nicely.