Friday, May 6, 2005

After they're born, compassion ends:

Five years ago, political scientist Jean Reith Schroedel, a professor at Claremont Graduate University, published a book - Is the Fetus a Person? - that examined state policies throughout the country, comparing their restrictions on abortion with their support for poor children.

She found that the states that imposed the most restrictions on access to abortion were also those that put the least money into health care or day care or housing aid for poor children.

"Pro-life states are less likely than pro-choice states to provide adequate care to poor and needy children. Their concern for the weak and vulnerable appears to stop at birth," she wrote.

I've quoted her before, but Sister Joan Chittister's words bear repeating:
If all you want is a child born but not a child fed, not a child educated, not a child housed and why would I think that you don't? Because you don't want any tax money to go there. That's not prolife. That's probirth.

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