Texas Abortion Law is Bad Policy
Abortion is a bad solution but making it unlawful does not solve the problem. If a policy does not address the problem, exacerbates the issue for some demographics, and is guised in moral subterfuge to assist with passage, people should be bothered. Most people believe abortion is a bad idea, but we need to learn to remove the emotional and religious rationale during policy debate.
Is abortion bad? Yes, unequivocally! Does it address the problem of unwanted pregnancies? No, not even a little. Does it affect the poor and other demographics in greater numbers than other population segments? Absolutely! So, why do we do it? Morality? Religion? Guilt?
Because they can. It obfuscates real issues.
It is part of what drives the divisiveness in this country. Instead of the Republican party offering real world suggestions as to how this issue can be solved (or at least addressed), it marches to its perceived moral “high ground” and scolds those that disagree. Get real. Instead, why not provide services for these women? Why isn’t sex education mandatory? Abstinence is not a policy. How about instead of banning abortions, a policy to educate young people (both men and women). What options exist for a woman who may want to go to term? Do we pay for care along the way? What if she wants to put it up for adoption, can potential parents offset some of the costs?
Since the Catholic church (and other religions) are so adamantly opposed to abortion, how about they take some teeny-weeny portion of its huge endowment and pay for some support? I know the left think if Gates and Bezos were simply taxed more, we could buy mansions for all these mothers and their babies, but this is as stupid as the rights solution. I argue most Americans want a viable solution, or at least something that tries to address the problem. Reviewing abortion policy based on who controls the Legislature is garbage. This perennial topic obfuscates other issues and I’m telling you, it is a ruse. Taxes, regulation, education, health care, and other policy issues are set aside in order to debate abortion.
Don’t get me wrong, I don’t think the women (or the man) should simply “get stuff” or shirk responsibility for their actions, but if the policy is to mitigate unwanted pregnancies, abortion, or outlawing it, is not the solution. Preventing some women, in many instances the lower social economic demographic, from accessing safe abortions only creates other problems. Have we learned nothing! The ignorance of this policy decision is astounding.
What work should the mother do to pay for the services provided by the government? How about the father? In most policy conversations, he plays no role despite being an equal partner. If policy changes were made to make the father pay, would it change behavior? Who knows, it has never been tried.
This policy decision leads to other policy decisions. Where will this mother and her baby live? How will they be supported? Does a mother and child warrant a place of their own, paid for by society? This seems ludicrous on the surface but is often the result. Does this policy decision affect other policy decisions? Yes, yes it does.
This policy debate (and changes to law) has been going on for decades (actually longer) but it still remains a perennial topic. It divides people and acts as red herring to other laws and policy issues. It rises to the top due to its easy description and clear repulsion. If taken as a policy lesson, it can show how policy has failed those it claims to help. It can also show how one policy blends into others and how a failure of one can exacerbate the failures of others. The problem is no one wants to look, learn, and worse, try anything different.