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GOP ignores children once they're outside the womb..

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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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lifeforchrist
by on Jun. 22, 2013 at 9:35 AM
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 because being dead and ripped into pieces is the better kinder option. Abortion hypocrites make me gag.

lizzielouaf
by Gold Member on Jun. 22, 2013 at 9:40 AM
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I feel your pain. Although I would expand upon your statement to include ALL hypocrites make me gag. Feel me?


Quoting lifeforchrist:

 because being dead and ripped into pieces is the better kinder option. Abortion hypocrites make me gag.



Sisteract
by Whoopie on Jun. 22, 2013 at 9:44 AM

THIS, exactly this.

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 9:46 AM
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And yet you say nothing about the breathing children alive and in need. Do they not deserve your protections and protestations too?
Ready to follow pregnant women around with admonishments for life and offers of assistance but the lives of children whose parents are trying or aren't are deemed just more fodder for the free lunch-prison corridor.
Go on, scream for the right of potential but ignore it in front of you for being poor and a burden on society.


Quoting lifeforchrist:

 because being dead and ripped into pieces is the better kinder option. Abortion hypocrites make me gag.

Sisteract
by Whoopie on Jun. 22, 2013 at 9:47 AM
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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

And right on cue, the R mantra, in all its crude and crassness.

You were not her friend.

lga1965
by on Jun. 22, 2013 at 9:55 AM
You hit the nail on the head. Good comments !

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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Woodbabe
by Woodie on Jun. 22, 2013 at 10:04 AM
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Everyone keeps talking about personal responsibility and not expecting the government to pay to raise those children...while supporting the transfer of bazillions of dollars in aid and guns to foreign countries. Why is it okay to fund other countries, feed and educate THOSE children, arm their parents and line the pockets of their corrupt governments but NOT spend an equivalent amount of money on our own children? Why don't we tell the other countries to take responsibility for themselves instead? Think of how much better our children would be if all that money shipped overseas was instead invested in America?

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idunno1234
by Silver Member on Jun. 22, 2013 at 10:10 AM
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 The fact that a woman is dealing with an unwanted pregnancy does not in anyway imply that a woman has any expectations at all except for horror of having to live with the consequences of it, one way or another, no matter what she decides.

What gives you the magical power to know what anyone's expectations are in a situation like this other than the fact that its an unwanted pregnancy??  Once a woman is pregnant, saying what someone should have done is simply passing judgment without dealing with the here and now.

 


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


 

snookyfritz
by Platinum Member on Jun. 22, 2013 at 10:11 AM
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For a political party to champion the cause of an end to abortion and then rip out from under  the very people they claim to want save, social safety nets is very hypocritical

Sisteract
by Whoopie on Jun. 22, 2013 at 10:12 AM
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Control- it's all about control.

Plus many of these people are pro war-

Quoting Woodbabe:

Everyone keeps talking about personal responsibility and not expecting the government to pay to raise those children...while supporting the transfer of bazillions of dollars in aid and guns to foreign countries. Why is it okay to fund other countries, feed and educate THOSE children, arm their parents and line the pockets of their corrupt governments but NOT spend an equivalent amount of money on our own children? Why don't we tell the other countries to take responsibility for themselves instead? Think of how much better our children would be if all that money shipped overseas was instead invested in America?


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