Sunday, April 02, 2006

Abortion Alternatives

One of the problems with the topic of abortion is that alternatives aren't presented enough. We don't explain to our children that they will most likely have a child if they have sex. School programs paid for by your tax dollars, to the tune of 275 million dollars a year, teach our children that sex can be safe and pregnancy can be avoided. They don't teach how women die from RU486, how women get diseases even if they practice "safe sex" and how a large percentage of women get pregnant even if they use condoms.

Finally a little sanity is coming to play, even if it is after the fact, when a woman is already pregnant. reports "The House of Representatives on Thursday approved an amendment to a college education bill that would help students find abortion alternatives."


For years, college students have had the highest number of abortions of any age range of women. When students become pregnant, they frequently have abortions out of a fear that having a baby would force them to sacrifice their education or career plans.

The amendment, sponsored by Rep. Melissa Hart, a Pennsylvania Republican, is designed to alleviate those concerns.

“My amendment will provide services like affordable on-campus childcare and maternity coverage in their student health plans so they can concentrate on being good parents and good students," Hart said.

Hart said that about 27 percent of all undergraduates are parents and 34 percent of all graduate students are parents.

The amendment is designed to fund resources that should help college students realize abortion isn't the solution. It funds child care, maternity coverage in student health insurance plans, family housing, telecommuting programs, and additional financial aid.

The idea behind the amendment, originally the Elizabeth Cady Stanton Pregnant and Parenting Student Services bill, came from Feminists for Life of America.

It can be counted as a Pro-Life success, but in my opinion, we should teach our children to not have sex until they're married and ready to have children instead of giving them handouts.

The Alan Guttmacher Institute, a research arm of Planned Parenthood, surveyed women to find out why they had an abortion. Over 70 percent of college-aged women cited their fear that having a child would interfere with their education or career.

Sex is optional. Abortion is not.

You get what you encourage/finance. I have a feeling we'll get more pregnant college-age children out of this.


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