The unseriousness of the anti-abortion-but-not-prolife Right

The unseriousness of the anti-abortion-but-not-prolife Right December 22, 2015

A reader writes:

I use to diligently vote republican because I was passionately pro-life. 
This was before my husband left me and I became a member of the working poor. 

Several of my poverty stricken friends have had abortions that they felt terrible having. It wasn’t a callous act of violence because they didn’t want to be inconvenienced. It was deemed the only choice that wouldn’t lead to being completely destitute.

For one it was because her pregnancies required bed rest and missing work would have caused her to be homeless. 

For another it was because she was in an abusive marriage that she couldn’t afford to leave and a pregnancy would prolong her financial dependence. 

Socialized health care and child care, free university, maternity leave, and increase in minimum wage would prevent millions of abortions each year.

Actual Catholic prolife teaching takes people like this seriously and insists on creating a social safety net so that they are not forced into this position in desperation.  Anti-abortion-but-not-prolife American Conservatism doesn’t care one whit about helping such people.  It only cares about blaming them for acting in desperation.  I will take seriously the somebody’s claim to be prolife when they take seriously the kind of desperation described in this post.

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