Hate Abortion? End Poverty

By Graham Glover

There are millions of Americans who hate abortion. I’m one of them.

There are millions of Americans who wish most abortions were illegal. I too am one of them.

There are millions of Americans who wish that every woman considering an abortion would make a choice for life rather than death. Again, I’m one of them.

What, then, should the millions of Americans who feel this way do, or rather, what policies and laws should we support to help end this sin that continues to plague our nation?

Some think the appointment of Neil Gorsuch and the soon-to-be appointment of Brett Kavanaugh to the U.S. Supreme Court is a step in the right direction. Many in the Pro-Life Movement are convinced that judges such as these will be instrumental in overturning abortion laws, perhaps even Roe vs. Wade. They may be right.

But a new Court isn’t the only answer. It’s not even the first answer. Justices who uphold laws that support the life of an unborn child would certainly be a step in the right direction. And maybe, just maybe, a different Supreme Court could make this happen.

But if you really hate abortion, if you really want the hundreds of thousands of abortions that occur every year in America to end, then you should support policies and laws that end, or at least seek to radically reduce, poverty.

If America is truly is a Pro-Life nation, then our policies and laws should focus not only on making most abortions illegal. Rather, they should focus first and foremost on ensuring that women are not forced to make such a life-altering decision.

To that end, I want you to imagine a different America. An America whose policies and laws support life well beyond the act of making abortion illegal.

Imagine if every American woman who was pregnant didn’t have to worry about how she was going to pay for her and her child’s medical care during and after the pregnancy. If you can imagine this, then you can imagine a nation that insures every one of its citizens from conception to death.

Imagine if every American woman who was pregnant didn’t have to go to bed at night wondering how she was going to feed herself and her child during and after the pregnancy. If you can imagine this, then you can imagine a nation that guarantees a living wage to every one of its citizens.

Imagine if every American woman who was pregnant didn’t have to be anxious about how her pregnancy will affect her career. If you can imagine this, then you can imagine a nation that has more generous maternal leave policies and begins to have a serious conversation about paternal leave.

Imagine if every American woman who was pregnant didn’t have to rely solely on the income of her unborn child’s father to provide for them. If you can imagine this, then you can imagine a nation that finally addresses the gross income disparity between men and women.

And finally, imagine if every American woman who was pregnant but wasn’t sure if she was ready to be a mother had the assurance that her child would be placed into a loving foster or adoptive home. If you can imagine this, then you can imagine a nation that puts is money and its rhetoric where its mouth is by radically expanding foster and adoptive services and supporting them in ways far beyond what our budgets currently allot.

If the millions of Americans that hate abortion can imagine these things, if we can support policies and laws that make these things a reality, then maybe, just maybe, more women will choose not to have an abortion. And that’s what the Pro-Life Movement is truly about. A culture that supports life. A culture that encourages life. A culture that enriches life.

Hate abortion? Me too. Hate abortion? Then support policies and laws that end poverty.