Teresa Irizarry
Jun 6, 2019 · 3 min read

Pro-Choice: Another Way

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Biden has abandoned his support for the Hyde amendment, which is all that keeps pro-life federal taxpayers from paying for abortions right now. Already pro-lifers in states like Oregon believe they have blood on their hands.

Other Democratic candidates claim to be worried about poor women. However, they are fighting to kill the most helpless and poorest among us — unborn babies. The sheer banality of the discussion is reminiscent of prior atrocity. It is spoken about with euphemisms as NPR does in calling it a “fetus” but it’s helpless nonetheless.

What if we change the model? With birth rates below replacement rate we as a society should be honoring motherhood like we honor military service. Reproduction is a function as crucial to long term survival for our culture as soldiering. What if unplanned poverty-stricken pregnancy was rewarded like we reward military draftees? Like a draft, service would be a year (9 months pregnancy followed by 3 months of recovery). The mother would choose between motherhood and adoption, at birth or within that three month period. The government would support them with a salary akin to a soldier in boot camp. She’d be offered a place to live with other unplanned mothers if her prior environment is not conducive to healthy pregnancy. She’d be offered the equivalent of the GI bill in benefits should she keep the baby or have multiple children (many years of service). She’d be exempt from military draft.

A GOP-like objection would be the potential weakening of the family — but that can be prevented. Charge child support to dad from conception. If he can’t or won’t pay he should owe military service with garnished wages to support the child.

Unplanned pregnancy is a trauma. We at our best do not force irrevocable decisions during trauma. Many women will grow into motherhood as the pregnancy evolves, and if they don’t, there will be adoptive families waiting. A side effect of delaying family for career, as well as legal same-sex marraige with no intrinsic reproductive capacity, is more potential adoptive couples.

As a pro-lifer I applauded Joe Biden’s bravery in making room in the Democratic tent for those of us who aren’t happy with the character of the current GOP. No more — appears we are stuck there for now. As a person who believes in freedom I recognize others’ consciences are not like my own and also need protection. I’m grateful for the Hyde amendment so my conscience isn’t violated. I think we can do better for poor mothers than killing their unplanned offspring. It has never just been about an autonomous woman’s healthcare. There has always been an undertone of eugenics — that we should all abhor. It has always been about who is privileged to have a family. It mustn’t be allowed to be determined by zip code.

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Author of Rekindled, a historical fiction about Roger Williams.

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Stories related to the theme of overcoming the consequences of living in a fallen world (e.g. evil, natural disaster, sin, death, thistles etc.)

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