Friday, April 6, 2007
Theocracy and abortion
Reasons for banning abortion are of a religious nature. When legislature makes laws based on religous principles, there's guaranteed to be trouble. Religious dogma is not very well thought out. In this case, numerous lives are ruined as a result of backwards theocratic actions.
In my opinion:
1. Every child should be desired, wanted, and welcome in this world.
2. If the mother wants an abortion, it is a necessary procedure.
As a mother of three myself this hits close to home. Why would legislature have anything to say about whether or not I can have an abortion? The mother is the one to have to carry the child. She is deprived of income for having to take time off to have the baby. She needs to buy diapers, feed the child, get up in the night, take care of a sick child, take it in to the doctor, take it to school. She needs to purchase clothing, pay for daycare, schooling, and deal with puberty.
What is the point of having an unwanted child who is going to grow up miserable? Anti-abortionists protest loudly if a mother wants to have an abortion, but what are they willing to do once the child is born? Suddenly the child's life is worth a lot less. No one is willing to pick up medical costs, especially ap roblem if the child has special needs. When the child was born to a drug-addicted mother, chances of this are even higher.
Paying a mother $500 not to have an abortion, is of course madness. The $500 does not even cover her cost for food during pregnancy. This bribe would appeal very much to drug-addicts, resulting in even more kids born with challenges.
A few months ago, I met a teenager whose mother was a drug-addict, so he was placed with his grandmother after numerous foster homes failed. He was mistreated in a number of the foster homes. I met him after he had been placed with his grandmother. It was very obvious that the grandmother was addicted to drugs (crack cocaine maybe?). She hit the kid, yelled at him, curse at him, and was paranoid. If he so much as looked at her, she started yelling that he was stealing from her, and that he hit her. She did not think it was necessary for him to go to school. The poor kid. He seemed to be a good enough kid, but how can you possibly turn out right having to live in an environment like that. A few days after I met him, he was sent back to his mother. I wonder what his life is like now.
There are so many children alive right now who need our help. The world is already overpopulated, why don't we take better care of the children that are already born, instead of trying to increase the number of unwanted children that we simply cannot take care of?
Theocracy is the cause of suffering of many children who otherwise might have been aborted. Sometimes is better to have no life at all, than to have to live in the cruel world.