Appreciate your reply to my post. I will try to address all of your replies within my time constraints.
“ Republicans fought reissuing the Violence Against Women Act. And lack of reproductive freedom means a woman is more likely to become a victim of violence.”
As far as I understand, the GOP objections to VAWA in the original bill had to do with certain provisions later challenged and ruled unconstitutional, and objections to the re-authorization had to do with the law’s extension to same-sex couples and its provision to grant visas to qualifying illegal immigrants (Won’t go into detail since this is an unrelated topic). To use the argument that Republicans don’t care about protecting women because a bill contains things in it they don’t like is both false and dishonest.
And “lack of reproductive freedom” is leftist speak for “killing your unborn child”.
That alone is violence and I oppose any form of it. Can you substantiate your argument that carrying a child to term makes a woman a more likely target of violence?
“ As you state the wage gap exists in part because of family choices but that in itself is a problem. Lack of paid parental leave and flexible work options hurts men and women, but often hurt women more.”
Plenty of companies voluntarily offer maternity leave (including my employer) and I would love to see more adopt such a policy. But as I mentioned earlier, you cannot violate the liberties and freedoms of a private employer because of the actions of another person. The employer has no say in whether an employee willingly chooses to have sex and get pregnant. Government forcing a private party to provide certain tangible benefits in a contract between him and another private party is the antithesis of freedom and liberty.
“ It is a problem that girls historically have not been encouraged to enter into STEM fields.”
If by historically you mean 50 years ago, this would be accurate. However, there has been a strong effort over the last couple of decades in every level of education to involve more girls in STEM classes and degrees (When I went through high school, I remember we had multiple STEM-related clubs exclusively for girls). And yet, there hasn’t been a significant closing of the gender gap in STEM fields. Much of this has to do with basic biological differences between boys and girls. Many studies, for example, confirm that boys at all stages of growth are FAR more likely to gravitate more towards mechanical stimuli. Also, in terms of bachelor’s degrees, STEM fields relating to mathematics, bio-science, and social sciences have virtually no gender gap (Source: National Science Foundation).
“That would be great…if [the free market] worked.”
Actually, it HAS worked. Laser eye surgery is the perfect example of this as it isn’t covered by insurance. The cost *per eye* 20 years ago was, at minimum, $2,200. And thanks to lack of regulation and free market principles, I can pay as little as $600 for BOTH eyes, and with a procedure that is safer than it was in the 1990s.
“ And when people make bad decisions in that marketplace, we all end up paying.”
And this is the crux of the argument against forcing private insurers to cover everybody the same way regardless of pre-existing conditions. It’s nonsensical. No insurance provider in their right mind would give me a low quote on car insurance if I have been in multiple accidents over the last year. That’s because I’m considered high risk and would be a financial burden to the insurance company. So why does it make financial sense to force health insurance providers to charge the same premium to someone with no health problems as someone who is highly injury-prone? This creates less incentive and, as we’ve seen with ACA, is driving away providers and leaving many with fewer choices.
“ Entitlements are to the poor as tax breaks are to the wealthy.”
Um, no they are not. A tax break is somebody getting back their own money they rightfully earned through a job or capital. Entitlements are assets given to people without being earned.
“ But no amount of charity work will provide health care or a living wage.”
Um, charity isn’t intended to provide a “living wage” It’s supposed to be a boost to those who are less fortunate. And many non-profits, such as St jude children’s hospital, do provide health care to those in need at little or not cost to the patient’s family.
“ People die because they are living on the streets at night. People lose limbs because they can’t get diabetes care.”
Funny you mention that. I actually know of someone in Quebec (which has universal healthcare) who lost both their legs because it took so long to get adequate medical treatment (and would’ve just lost one had the clinic not royally screwed up). Wait lists for certain procedures in socialized systems such as Canada can extend months, regardless of how urgent the procedure is.
“ If not, you may not understand that many Planned Parenthoods offer a much more supportive, much less judgmental environment”
This is a matter of opinion and can’t be substantiated. How do you compare this with every other health care center providing similar services?
“ I’ve done research on many of them personally and they trick women into thinking they provide support and information for all choices.”
Um, no, as a matter of fact, many are up-front about their position about abortion (the non-profit I support is clear on their website that they are a faith-based organization that helps women find alternatives to abortion). Conversely, PP has done a masterful job of tricking women into believing that Abortion is a safe procedure (neglecting to inform women of the mental & psychological impact, as well as the fact that it actually kills a human being).
“Most people do take personal responsible, but our society often doesn’t give them a chance, as this article explains.”
Actually no, our society in general rejects personal responsibility. The 600,000+ abortions that occur annually in the US alone is a sobering testament to that. The 4-fold increase in births to unmarried women over the last 50 years is a testament to that (Source: National Center for Health Statistics). The lower and declining rates of voter turnout among younger demographics is a testament to that. The growing tendency for Americans to depend on the government to solve their problems is a testament to that.
“ This option, which is a valid one for many women, still requires the woman to carry to term. In doing so, she faces health problems, lost wages, emotional challenges…the list goes on — for a pregnancy she does not want. She should not be forced to do this.”
I know very few mothers who have ever encountered any health problems of significance due to a pregnancy. And even the ones that did were never in mortal danger. There has never been a situation where an abortion was medically necessary to save the mother’s life (now I know what you’re thinking. There’s a difference between a Forced Birth and an Abortion here. Forced birth may be medically necessary to save a woman’s life. Intentionally killing an unborn child is never medically necessary). In terms of lost wages and emotional challenges, again I refer to your typical pregnancy crisis centers who can assist with both challenges.
Even so, between killing a human being and forcing somebody to undergo challenging but survivable circumstances, the moral distinction is quite clear. What the abortion ultimately argument breaks down to is the question of the humanity of the unborn. Scientifically speaking, an unborn child is a human being, and killing an innocent human being is morally wrong.
I apologize if I didn’t hit all of your points. My schedule is limited and I wanted to address what I thought to be be your most important points. Appreciate the dialogue. God bless.