The firestorm that has broken out around the notorious Texas abortion law resembles the old-time scholastic debates about how many angels can dance on the head of a pin.
Twelve weeks, sixteen, or two, there is no such thing as “a little bit pregnant..’ Pregnant is pregnant is pregnant.
This public shouting match is like an old-time broken record with the debaters repeating the weary tropes of pro-life versus pro-choice as if the two are mutually exclusive without considering the real needs and wants of the pregnant person in distress.
What does that person really want?
Often not an abortion.
In the US, it’s estimated that as many as 40 percent of abortions are the result of financial distress. That means that given monetary help, these pregnant people chose to continue their pregnancies to birth. Lacking funds, they are forced to make a choice borne of separation which does not feel like a choice. And nobody is doing anything to help them.
Even in uber pro-life Texas, there’s no financial aid for these people. Why not?
The US is the richest country in the history of the world.
The US also has a negative birth rate.
The US population isn’t replacing itself. A society without a new generation has no future.
The US desperately needs these babies but in the richest country in history nobody seems to be thinking about a way to help these pregnant people have them–not Gregg Abbott, not Nancy Pelosi nor AOC and the Squad.
Even conservatives and libertarians who argue that the private sector should pick up the slack isn’t offering any solutions.
Here in Israel, a pregnant person contemplating abortion can find help from two active voluntary organizations which offer monetary grants so that continuing their pregnancies and bringing new life into the world feels like a viable choice.
Efrat, the more senior of the two, was founded in 1977. Since that time the organization helped to fund 75,000 babies whose parents were on the verge of aborting them due to financial pressures.
Why isn’t there an equivalent group in the US, governmental or not?
Most people who undergo abortions, especially due to money woes and also for other reasons experience the procedure as traumatic. Many are haunted by lifelong guilt over having ‘murdered” their offspring. Some suffer medical consequences, which can sometimes ironically lead to permanent infertility.
If as many as 40 percent of pregnant persons say they would keep their babies if they could afford to, why not let them choose? The US needs to offer these people counseling and financial help so that they can be true to their real wishes.
A program to do that would be both pro-choice and pro-life.