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G.O.P. IGNORES CHILDREN ONCE THEY'RE OUTSIDE THE WOMB

A recent road trip took me into the precincts of rural Georgia and Florida, far away from the traffic jams, boutique coffeehouses and National Public Radio signals that frame my familiar landscape. Along the way, billboards reminded me that I was outside my natural habitat: anti-abortion declarations appeared every 40 or 50 miles.

"Pregnant? Your baby's heart is already beating!" "Before I formed you in the womb, I knew you. -- God." And, with a photo of an adorable smiling baby, "My heart beat 18 days from conception."

The slogans suggest a stirring compassion for women struggling with an unplanned pregnancy and a deep-seated moral aversion to pregnancy termination. But the morality and compassion have remarkably short attention spans, losing interest in those children once they are outside the womb.

These same stretches of Georgia and Florida, like conservative landscapes all over the country that want to roll back reproductive freedoms, are thick with voters who fight the social safety net that would assist children from less-affluent homes. Head Start, Medicaid and even food stamps are unpopular with those voters.

Through more than 25 years of writing about Roe vs. Wade and the politics that it spawned, I've never been able to wrap my head around the huge gap between anti-abortionists' supposed devotion to fetuses and their animosity toward poor children once they are born. (Catholic theology at least embraces a "whole-life" ethic that works against both abortion and poverty, but Catholic bishops have seemed more upset lately about contraceptives than about the poor.) While many conservative voters explain their anti-abortion views as Bible-based, their Bibles seem to have edited out Jesus' charity toward the less fortunate.

That brain-busting cognitive dissonance is also on full display in Washington, where just last week the GOP-dominated House of Representatives passed a bill that would outlaw all abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy. After the bill was amended to make exceptions for a woman's health or rape -- if the victim reports the assault within 48 hours -- U.S. Rep. Paul Broun, R-Ga., withdrew his support. The exceptions made the bill too liberal for his politics.

Meanwhile, this same Republican Congress has insisted on cutting one of the nation's premier food-assistance programs: the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or food stamps. GOP hard-liners amended the farm bill wending its way through the legislative process to cut $2 billion from food stamps because, they believe, it now feeds too many people. Subsidies to big-farming operations, meanwhile, remained largely intact.

The proposed food stamp cuts are only one assault on the programs that assist less-fortunate children once they are born. Republicans have also trained their sights on Medicaid, the health insurance program for the poor. Paul Ryan, the GOP's relentless budget-cutter, wants to turn Medicaid into a block grant to the states, which almost certainly means that fewer people would be served. About half of Medicaid's beneficiaries are children.

The Pain-Capable Unborn Protection Act, whose name implies more medical knowledge than its proponents actually have, has no chance of becoming law since it won't pass the Senate. Its ban onabortion after 20 weeks, passed by the House along partisan lines, was merely another gratuitous provocation designed to satisfy a conservative base that never tires of attacks on women's reproductive freedom.

Outside Washington, however, attempts to limit access to abortion are gaining ground. From Alaska to Alabama, GOP-dominated legislatures are doing everything they can think of to curtail a woman's right to choose. According to NARAL Pro-Choice America, 14 states have enacted new restrictions on abortion this year.

That re-energized activism around reproductive rights slams the door on recent advice from Republican strategists who want their party to highlight issues that might draw a broader array of voters. Among other things, they have gently -- or stridently, depending on the setting -- advised Republican elected officials to downplay contentious social issues and focus on job creation, broad economic revival and income inequality. Clearly, those Republican lawmakers haven't gotten the message.

Still, GOP bigwigs get furious when they are accused of conducting a war on women. But what else is it? It's clearly not a great moral crusade to save children.

(Cynthia Tucker, winner of the 2007 Pulitzer Prize for commentary, is a visiting professor at the University of Georgia. She can be reached at cynthia@cynthiatucker.com.)

http://news.yahoo.com/g-o-p-ignores-children-once-theyre-outside-050010443.html

by on Jun. 22, 2013 at 2:01 AM
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Della529
by Matlock on Jun. 22, 2013 at 8:49 AM

 This is very much a fact:

road trip took me into the precincts of rural Georgia and Florida, far away from the traffic jams, boutique coffeehouses and National Public Radio signals that frame my familiar landscape. Along the way, billboards reminded me that I was outside my natural habitat: anti-abortion declarations appeared every 40 or 50 miles.

Good post.

mommykate4
by Member on Jun. 22, 2013 at 8:53 AM
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My best friend was a young mom pregnant as a senior in hs..we live in an extremely Republican area she was given free baby stuff and toddler clothes, free diapers, church gave her food if she needed it and health care worked out w out govt help...it can b done. guess what after that she made sure to keep her legs shut until she was ready for a baby .she will say that..I really wish more people like her would step up and stop expecting everything to b handed to them
Bookwormy
by Platinum Member on Jun. 22, 2013 at 9:12 AM
This. I can't say it better myself so I won't bother trying.


Quoting idunno1234:

 Life isn't that black and white. 


The point of this post is to say that Republicans tend to wave the anti-abortion banner, usually based on religious reasons, then want to take away support for poor children.  How does this make sense when charity and caring for our fellow human beings, especially innocent children, is supposed to be the basis of the same religion these short sited individuals use to justify their anti-abortion stance??  Do you really not see the nauseating irony in this??


Regardless of how an unwanted pregnancy happens, if a woman doesn't have the means or ability to take care of a child and chooses abortion, then THAT is the responsible thing.  Forcing her to have the child and then saying tough shit, you're on your own is counterproductive at best, morally specious at worst.


Saying what people SHOULD do helps nothing because the story behind each pregnancy is different and once its done, we need to deal with the reality of what is in front of us-  the fact that a lot of women are left high and dry to deal with the pregnancy and the aftermath.


Everyone makes bad decisions, have lapses of judgment on occasion.  EVERYONE.  The ones that we know that tend to make them more than others, also tend to be somewhat broken people and as frustrating and destructive as those people may be, if any children end up being born to them, those children deserve our support and compassion because its the right thing to do.  Otherwise the odds are that these children will be the next generation of broken people and the cycle continues.


Get it now?




Quoting DestinyHLewis:


I suppose it would be far too much for people to grasp PERSONAL RESPONSIBILITY in their actions or in actions as it may be, and expect them to take precautions, or be ready to take care of the child they chose to have? 


 Nope. It's everyone else's  problem and monetary responsibility. That is the core problem here. Not a problem of evil republicans forcing women to have babies. MOST of those chose their path. I am not talking about rape or incest victims. The problem in general with our society is that our government has convinced a crap ton of people they have no personal responsibility for their children, and if they have them, everyone else will pay the bill. It's owed. 




 


AdrianneHill
by Platinum Member on Jun. 22, 2013 at 9:18 AM
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Anyone who lives in the south and leaves the metro areas is well familiar with the rhetoric about not supporting the right for people to not work or make bad choices. Those same people are willfully ignorant to the privileges granted to large businesses and the very wealthy. A quick example is the property taxes on automobiles in SC. First off, most states don't consider a car property but anyway, not enough people own real estate to keep everyone happy so they tax cars and boats and land etc. Of course, rich people can afford to pay more even as the car depreciates and taxes decrease alongside value. I only mentioned that because SC caps car taxes at six hundred dollars, no matter the value of the car. It's also been in place and unchanged for at least fifteen years. When I bought a car in 96 my taxes were over two hundred dollars and while new it didn't cost much more than twelve grand. It was just a mid level Nissan sentra. Nothing special or fancy. Just awesome for having a warranty and engine that you have put down with a bullet.
At the time, someone spending over forty five thousand would reach the cap and spend the same in taxes as the sixty thousand dollar car and the numerous hundred thousand dollar cars that proliferate at the coast and capital and the outskirts of charlotte. The rates haven't gone up so think of all of the money that is being raised almost solely by just charging flat rate with a low cap. This way the only people paying a significant part of their income in car taxes yearly are poor people. And if you don't pay your taxes, your license gets suspended. Costs five hundred dollars to get it back, not to mention the extra cost in insurance because you are now in the same category as people who lose their license from drugs, unpaid tickets, and a host of other things that don't have to have anything to do with a car that can lose your ability to drive.
But that is just one of literally thousands of ways the state makes it a little easier still to have money.
Bookwormy
by Platinum Member on Jun. 22, 2013 at 9:21 AM
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Of course a community can come through & support a member, especially if it isn't an extremely impoverished community. It's a shame that they usually don't. Most poor people with whom I've worked would accept community assistance if it were offered. Sadly it isn't. I wonder why there often isn't this sense of community responsibility & religious responsibility? If it is an extremely poor community, it can't. Otherwise, why not?


Quoting mommykate4:

My best friend was a young mom pregnant as a senior in hs..we live in an extremely Republican area she was given free baby stuff and toddler clothes, free diapers, church gave her food if she needed it and health care worked out w out govt help...it can b done. guess what after that she made sure to keep her legs shut until she was ready for a baby .she will say that..I really wish more people like her would step up and stop expecting everything to b handed to them

lizzielouaf
by Gold Member on Jun. 22, 2013 at 9:25 AM
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I'm going to start a campaign telling men to keep their dick in their pants. 

RandRMomma
by Maya on Jun. 22, 2013 at 9:31 AM
Great article!
RandRMomma
by Maya on Jun. 22, 2013 at 9:31 AM
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Well said.

Quoting idunno1234:

 Life isn't that black and white. 


The point of this post is to say that Republicans tend to wave the anti-abortion banner, usually based on religious reasons, then want to take away support for poor children.  How does this make sense when charity and caring for our fellow human beings, especially innocent children, is supposed to be the basis of the same religion these short sited individuals use to justify their anti-abortion stance??  Do you really not see the nauseating irony in this??


Regardless of how an unwanted pregnancy happens, if a woman doesn't have the means or ability to take care of a child and chooses abortion, then THAT is the responsible thing.  Forcing her to have the child and then saying tough shit, you're on your own is counterproductive at best, morally specious at worst.


Saying what people SHOULD do helps nothing because the story behind each pregnancy is different and once its done, we need to deal with the reality of what is in front of us-  the fact that a lot of women are left high and dry to deal with the pregnancy and the aftermath.


Everyone makes bad decisions, have lapses of judgment on occasion.  EVERYONE.  The ones that we know that tend to make them more than others, also tend to be somewhat broken people and as frustrating and destructive as those people may be, if any children end up being born to them, those children deserve our support and compassion because its the right thing to do.  Otherwise the odds are that these children will be the next generation of broken people and the cycle continues.


Get it now?




Quoting DestinyHLewis:


I suppose it would be far too much for people to grasp PERSONAL RESPONSIBILITY in their actions or in actions as it may be, and expect them to take precautions, or be ready to take care of the child they chose to have? 


 Nope. It's everyone else's  problem and monetary responsibility. That is the core problem here. Not a problem of evil republicans forcing women to have babies. MOST of those chose their path. I am not talking about rape or incest victims. The problem in general with our society is that our government has convinced a crap ton of people they have no personal responsibility for their children, and if they have them, everyone else will pay the bill. It's owed. 




 

snookyfritz
by Platinum Member on Jun. 22, 2013 at 9:33 AM
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It is shameful.  Their approach is completely Dickensian. 

Carpy
by Ruby Member on Jun. 22, 2013 at 9:35 AM
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Like I said

Quoting Donna6503:

Carpy, if you don't think it's a "war on women," do you really think it's a "peace on liberty."



No, the GOP and the right will give lip-service to the concept of liberty ... Yet, their action is just their hateful attack on liberty.




Quoting Carpy:

Let's keep dividing with bullshit

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