Abortion and contraceptives can help reduce the deficit?
An opinion essay by PurplePhoneixStar.
America is in a deficit and we need to cut our spending on all fronts, we all know that. I support entitlement reform to make sure that everyone who needs it can get it and those who are faking because they are too lazy to work or they want narcotics for free. Looking at things from a logical cost cutting standpoint, you would think we would want to discourage people from having kids that can't afford it. Contraceptives and even abortions are cheaper than supporting a mother and child for years on a welfare program. The standard pill only costs about 15 dollars a month and condoms are around 3 dollars for a pack of 3. Say these methods fail, the average cost of an abortion ranges from 300-600 dollars. Until week 20, there is nothing any doctor could do to save the baby if it were born then anyway, so why would an abortion be murder if the baby were born and it would die anyway. I am not fan of the partial birth abortion, so I won't bring that up. By that point, just put the kid up for adoption.
I know a lot of religious people will find this logic flawed but I am going by the math here. The average cost to the state for a birth for a mother on public assistance is around 11,000 22,000 dollars. Now think of how many mothers are on welfare. That is a lot of money that could be saved for other programs or to help the deficit. Holding Planned Parenthood hostage for your spending bills is actually quite stupid when you look at it from the way it needs to be seen, as cost cutting measures. What is so wrong about spending money on family planning? I am not even factoring in the costs of lost productivity with the young mothers and such.
We need to stress this money factor to the young teens when teaching them about sex ed. Something is not working so if they see how being unprotected in sex will hurt their wallets, they will learn. The US has one of the highest teen pregnancy rates in the developed world. Why do you think that is? Personally I think it is hypocritical Christians telling people how to live and properly educating the children about sex. Let's face it; kids need to know about how sex works and the consequences of what happens if you have unprotected sex. Studies have shown states in the Bible Belt that identify strongly with Christian values, the have higher teenage pregnancy rates. That just goes to show that no matter what you say or preach kids will still have sex. However, studies also show that if you wait till you are 18 to have sex as a girl, you cut your risk of cervical cancer in half. How about mentioning that in sex ed?
Well to wrap up this rant essay, we need to think of how we are spending our money on keeping our young people well and educated before they have sex and ruin their lives. Let us get read and think beyond what some church leader wants and what would work for the country.