Mar. 22nd, 2006

knockthedoor: (no rest for the wicked)
from Molly Saves The Day
Why, say the anti-choice crowd, must you insist on calling us "anti-choice?" Why must you say we aren't adopting kids and don't care about children after they're born? We do! Really, we do!

That's what comes out of the woodwork every single time someone talks about the way the vast majority of "pro-life" people ignore child poverty, maternal leave policies, and adoption. The very few who actually do adopt come out of the ether to say "but we adopted a non-white kid, come on, how can you say pro-life people don't care?"

This is how.

Page says she has noticed, too, that some anti-choice groups tend not only to oppose birth control, they also oppose child care. In her book she points to some troubling statistics and anecdotes: Ninety percent of senators who opposed the 1993 Family and Medical Leave Act are anti-choice; in the 2004 Children's Defense Fund ranking of the legislators best and worst for children, the 113 worst senators and Congress members are all anti-choice; Web sites like Lifesite and that of the Illinois Right to Life Committee post reports linking child care and aggression; Focus on the Family, the Family Research Council and Concerned Women for America stress the damage that day care can have on a child. (Most of their information comes from the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development's Early Child Care Report, which has been debunked again and again and again.) "The trifecta is ban contraception, ban abortion, make child care impossible," says Page.

The 113 congresspeople with the worst records for taking care of children? Anti-choice. The people opposing letting women take time off to be with their newborns or sick children? Anti-choice.

Only a handful of Congress members have adopted children (less than 10, by my count), and they are evenly split between pro-choice and anti-choice members. So far as I have seen, no anti-choice people who were able to have children of their own chose to adopt instead, and no Congress members have more than two adopted children in spite of their six-figure salaries and lavish expense accounts.

So if you're anti-choice and wondering why everyone's saying you don't care about anyone who's already been born, look at the people representing your viewpoints at the national level. Realize that you are the exception, and not the rule, and that no group should ever be judged by its most exceptional members.

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