It’s good to be back after my hiatus. Now that the wee one is sleeping the entire night through, I’m actually rested enough to write a coherent blog post. It’s wonderful to see so many new people here!
Watching the peanut as he takes in all that is new around him, I am struck with sadness that so many women and babies will not get to experience this joy, due to the appalling number of abortions that are performed every day.
I realize that I am fortunate to have the financial, familial and emotional stability to raise a child, and that not all women have this. So I’d like to broaden the discussion a bit beyond the usual pro-choice vs. pro-life stalemate, and ask a question: WHY do so many women not have the financial, familial and emotional stability to raise a child? We concentrate so much on what happens post-conception, but when it comes to post-birth, you can practically see the dust clouds as the politicians take to their heels.
I am therefore heartened by Brownback’s candidacy, as he is the first politician in a very long time who has struck me as being sincere in his wish to improve living conditions for ALL families. Many pro-choicers with whom I’ve had discussions have indicated that most women do not WANT to terminate their pregnancies, but that their life situation simply prohibits raising a child. Statistics back this up. So maybe, just maybe…if we find the right person who will work on improving the life situation of these young women, and who will inspire and enable all young women to respect their bodies, reject promiscuity, educate themselves, take care of their health and be fiscally prudent, we’ll see less unwanted pregnancies, and out of those, fewer women who choose to terminate. All women would win.
It’s certainly worth a try, is it not?