I used the baby center website to calculate the expense of caring for a child for the first year of his or her life. In my first search I included the cost of diapers, toiletries, and formula: I was taking into account the fact that most un-established, working, single mothers would not have the option to breastfeed. I did not include anything but the basics on this one: formula, clothes, and food. I did not add in toys or anything like that, and I didn’t calculate any of the new baby necessities: car seat, stroller, crib, and exe. Let’s consider that those could be gifted to the new mother. My first search came out at a total of $4,320. So this would be the first year’s cost (the first year being the least expensive), for a young mother who possibly lived near family or had someone that she could rely on for free childcare. In my second search I included the cost of childcare. The total for that search was $12,768 anually.
Sixty-nine percent of women who have abortions in our country are economically disadvantaged. This is an important percentage. Forty-two percent of women seeking abortions have incomes below 100% of the poverty line. That means that their yearly income is below $10,830. So, without any other living expenses at all, they couldn’t even make enough to afford keeping a baby alive and in childcare. In addition 74 percent of women obtaining abortions are under the age of thirty. Seventy-four percent...and fifty percent of women seeking abortions are under the age of twenty-five.
So for me, when I think about the idea of denying abortions to American women, basically what I am hearing is that in fifty percent of those cases children would be forced to have children. The easy answer that readily pours out of pro-life supporter’s mouths here is that these women should be giving their child up for adoption. I cannot imagine growing a child in my womb for nine moths of my life, spending those months putting everything that my body has into growing that life, and then handing it off to someone else to so as they will with my child. Could I conceive of ever doing it if I were in a desperate situation? I could conceive of it…but never in a million years would you see me asking a young, scared, confused, vulnerable woman to do such a thing. Quite frankly it is cruel. The average man has no concept of what goes into carrying and giving birth to a child. A woman’s body is completely transformed after having given birth to their first baby.
I do not believe that a man should ever speak about abortion, at least not publicly. I find it epically insulting. I won’t deny anyone a voice when they are in private with their significant other, but abortion is a woman’s issue, that is just how I feel. When politicians get up and speak about abortion, my stomach churns. More than sixteen million children in our country are living in poverty. When was the last time that you heard a politician talk about that? There are reportedly 1.6 million abortions in the US annually. Which number deserves more attention? Maybe the 123,000 children seeking to be adopted in the US should get the attention. Maybe the 463,000 in foster care should. Quite simply: taking away a person’s right to his or her own body is monstrous. It is simply something to think about.
If I have gotten you thinking, you should check out this short video featuring one politician who isn’t:
Baby Cost Calculator:
Child poverty info:
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