‘Pro-life’ implies support from birth until death

I understand that many people believe life begins when an egg is fertilized, and that abortion at any stage of a pregnancy is murder. To those who support a pro-life stance, I’m sure the coming Supreme Court decision to overturn Roe v. Wade, forcing all women to carry their pregnancy to term, is a wonderful victory.

However, “pro-life” extends beyond the birth of a child, to supporting a human from birth to death. So if a woman becomes pregnant due to a failure of her birth control method, the manufacturer of that method should be required to provide the child with a middle-class lifestyle through college graduation. In the case of rape or incest, since the father will be in jail, the state must provide the child with a middle-class lifestyle through college graduation. If the government is going to require women to have a child, the government must support that child such that the child will be able to live a full and productive life. Additionally, the government must provide contraception to all females capable of reproduction, from about the age of 11 through menopause.

If you are truly pro-life, you will immediately write to your congressional representatives demanding that the above measures (free contraception for all females of child-bearing age; full financial support for all children born of incest, rape or contraceptive failure) be enacted into law. Only then can you truly call yourself pro-life.

Pattipeg Harjo


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