Monday, July 1, 2013

Why Do I Like Killing Babies?

To the man in the burnt orange shirt who asked me, “Why do I like killing babies?” here is my reply. I don’t like killing babies. Killing babies is criminal. A pre-viability fetus isn’t a baby. Now it’s my turn to ask a question. Why do you like oppressing and punishing women?


To the pro-life protestors carrying signs that say “women regret abortions,” tell this to the woman with more children than she can manage as she watches them fail out of school, get involved with drugs and gangs, and teeter upon falling into the same trap she fell prey to as a young woman. Women regret giving birth too. Go hunt down the deadbeat who said he would take care of her when she told him she was pregnant again. Go make him get a job, keep a job, pay child support and actively parent his children. Oh, he’s in prison, addicted to drugs or fled the state? Oops. I would love for all men to be knights in shining armor who uphold their promises and responsibilities, but the unfortunate reality is that many men run away instead of standing tall.


When it comes to reproduction, the burden of pregnancy and parenting is often born almost exclusively by the woman. The physical and financial resources needed to carry a pregnancy to term and raise the resulting child have a long track record of causing women to drop out of school, forego work to stay at home, and become permanently dependent upon an unwilling partner or government welfare.


The cycle of poverty starts with childbirth prior to becoming an established and independent adult. The number one risk factor for being a welfare-dependent woman is being born to a welfare-dependent mother. Despite decades of progress and the advancement of women in all areas of academia, leadership, and professionalism, many American girls grow up believing their only option is to be dependent upon government support. They don’t know pregnancy can be planned, or if they do know, they don’t have access to contraception. They don’t possess the individual strength to demand their partner participate in contraception. Their community expects them to become pregnant at an early age, drop out of school and the workforce and become dependent upon the government. These are lost lives, entire stories consumed by premature maternity. There are exceptions, but they are few and far between.


The way to stop this cycle – to promote the advancement of Texas – is to increase access to contraception, health and wellness screenings, educational programs and to promote healthy lifestyle choices. Texas doesn’t need fewer abortion clinics. Texas needs fewer unintended and unhealthy pregnancies.


To the republicans, you’re making my ruby red blood boil blue.


  1. "prior to the viability of the fetus."

    When does "prior" end and the fetus becomes "viable". I'm not even sure what the definition of "viability of the fetus" is.


  2. Your opinion is well stated and argued with fact. The one problem I have is that this is a problem that will never be fixed in our society unless it comes from within the community. Plain and simple.

    On the whole republican comment, quite unnecessary...there are some that actually agree with you.

  3. I don't have a problem with you making the when is a fetus a baby argument, but then you undermine that argument with the quality of life of the child and what a burden it might be to the mother statements. We don't get to choose to kill children that are hard for us to raise, we don't get to say I don't want this child anymore because I'm having trouble making the rent. Stick with the a fetus isn't a baby and leave the how inconvenient a unplanned child is out of your argument and it will sound more genuine and a little less heartless.

  4. Selfish, close minded and purely STUPID is what you are. Sad for you.

  5. Hey Anna, I'm in full agreement with you. Luckily for us, the one's aging and losing power so actively oppose abortion; those coming into their own in the next ten years (at least in my dealings) are far lees prone to religious zealotry and irrational decision making based on belief rather than reason and science.

    What keeps me in an unending state of confusion is the Republican/GOP/Tea Party banter demanding minimal state intervention in all things, excluding abortion. According to their own idealist political structure, abortion should fall within the argument against mandatory health insurance and business regulation, or am I misunderstanding it all and arbitrarily declaring a religious basis for irrational behavior steps in?

    It won't be a quick or easy fight, but we will win it.

  6. Thanks for being a sentient person, we need more of you around!!!!!

  7. You've been thinking about stuff. Please post those thoughts.

  8. Wow, I came here for a cycling blog. Didn't think I'd find such an anger-filled rant about abortion. See ya later.

  9. I came here for a cycling blog too, but I was pleased to find your cogent blog post. I find it curious that the same people who protest so strongly against big government are the same ones who are screaming for legislation to regulate abortion. I likewise find it so curious that the most vociferous opponents to abortion always seem to be rich white men. (The vociferous female opponents are mostly post-menopausal rich white women). Nobody thinks abortion is a good thing. It should be avoided if possible (ready access to birth control and intelligent sex education is a good start). But abortion should be available to all women and the decision to have one should be made by the pregnant woman. Good for you Anna. Good to see you so brave.

  10. Well said. We need to hear more women's voices on this. Ignore the haters.

  11. Well said. We need to hear more women's voices on this. Ignore the haters.