Last night I attended a gala that raises money to help poor women who have abortions. The program included stories about the women who come to the Red River Women’s Clinic. One woman with three children drove 300 miles and slept in her car so she could afford an abortion.
There was a review of legislation passed last year in North Dakota, the most onerous in the United States.
Yet, this legislation has not prevented one single abortion. They were quickly brought before judges and those which would have affected the clinic were suspended until the legal process plays out.
Reviewing the activities of anti abortion activists reminded me of their competing goals. One goal is to see fetus’ carried to birth.
The other goal, is to force women to suffer for having sex. In promoting this second goal they jepardize the first one. That the second one, to force women to suffer by giving birth and raising more children, is more important can be seen in the legislation.
If their goal was only to have fetus’ born, we would see legislation that helped women carry, birth and care for babies. There would be programs to help with expenses and doctor visits.
Conservatives oppose helping woman in pregnancy and child rearing. Thus, improving the odds for a healthy baby and successful child must be set aside. Helping the child would reduce punishment on the mother.
The fund raiser last night was to help low income women pay for abortions and birth control was very successful. My wife and I made a big donation.