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Unless you are full time at Kroger, no insurance. And like many other corporations, many employees are not scheduled full time hours to qualify. We don’t know from this article whether or not Jessica was union, or what the union could have done for her. Management should not have made Jessica continue working when she was feeling ill. She is lucky she did not miscarry.

As for getting state aid, if you have any source of income, you do not qualify. It may be that even ACA insurance was too expensive, depending on what discounts were available to her. Plans and pricing differ from state to state. Thanks to defunding, Planned Parenthood centers have been closed, which could have possibly provided Jessica and other low income mothers to be like her with free prenatal care.

Despite the best of intentions, being careful, using birth control, pregnancy can still happen. Jessica made a choice to have her child. Her choice.

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