Men? Really? What do men have to do with making babies? In certain circles (read Texas legislature this time) absolutely nothing. Only women can get pregnant, so the responsibility for that pregnancy lies squarely on the women. Here's a thought: If those men bear no responsibility for those pregnancies, then how about we take away their right to make decisions for women who find themselves pregnant?
What happened in Texas does not protect women, it punishes them. It does not protect babies. There is no provision in that Texas law (Or any other Texas law, apparently. See below) for the care and feeding of the babies they're demanding to be carried to full term. Poverty is rampant in Texas and women and children suffer terribly. I'll believe they're concerned about all living children when I see them taking care of all living children.
|Rick Perry signing abortion law in Texas, surrounded by the wimmenfolk because. . .luv, luv, luv those wimmen.|
FACTS ABOUT POVERTY IN TEXAS
- WITH A POVERTY RATE OF 16.9%, TEXAS HAS THE 5th HIGHEST POVERTY RATE IN THE UNITED STATES
- APPROXIMATELY 842,000 TEXAS CHILDREN LIVE IN POOR FAMILIES.
- MOST POOR FAMILIES WITH CHILDREN IN TEXAS ARE HEADED BY A WORKING PARENT
- 4.9% OF TEXAS POPULATION – MORE THAN ONE MILLION PEOPLE – EXPERIENCE HUNGER ON A REGULAR BASIS ACCORDING TO THE USDA FOOD AND NUTRITION SERVICE
Texas has one of the highest poverty rates in the country with nearly four million people living at or below the poverty line.
Statistics from the U.S. Census Bureau show Texas poverty rate at 16.9% – well above the national average of 13.3%.
The poor are concentrated in the state’s largest cities and in the Texas-Mexico border region. Poverty rates are also much higher for the state’s large and growing Latino population and for African-American Texans.
Child poverty, particularly among young children, is significantly higher in Texas than in the nation as a whole.
(Cross-posted, as always, at dagblog)