This cartoon is popular in liberal circles:
But this cartoon convinces no one at all, though it might help liberals feel better about themselves.
The liberal point of view: “well, you’ll force a woman to carry a baby to term, but then put her on her own once it is born.”
But this is unconvincing to conservatives. Here is why:
Suppose you truly believe that abortion is the murder of a baby (I don’t believe this, but many anti-abortion types do…literally)
So, the fetus really is equivalent to a newborn baby.
Now: does ANYONE think it is ok to kill a newborn? (and no, I am not talking about extreme circumstances where the lives of the older living are at stake).
Of course not.
Now, is it inconsistent to believe that:
- Babies must not be killed and
- PARENTS are responsible for supporting the babies that they make?
I don’t think that is inconsistent at all, and that is the conservative point of view.
You make it, then you have to support it (but cannot kill it). Yes, this includes both the male and female.
Now, we can debate on how much support a society should give to poorer kids and what kind of support, but that is a topic for another day..and frankly it is a difficult one. Ok, I’ll drop my thoughts below (*)
And yes, poor people in the US, on the average, have more kids than wealthier ones.
(*) my thoughts: this represents my thinking, to a degree. But no, I wouldn’t attempt to sell this with “let’s be compassionate.” I’d take a more spreadsheet approach: I’d note that putting money into the bottom of the economy means more small and basic businesses will have more demand which leads to more jobs. I’d argue that kids that are not in grinding poverty turn out better and have more of a chance to escape and break the cycle; society, on the whole, benefits.
Yes, I know, there are always some who make poor choices no matter what, and some of these will benefit from society’s generosity. They ARE infuriating, and no, Dear Sanctimonious Liberal, don’t tell me who to get angry with. I don’t like crony capitalism either..one can dislike BOTH. That isn’t logically inconsistent.
But..no solution is perfect, and under “let’s make the bottom benefits more generous”, there are ALWAYS unpleasant, unrepentant morons that will benefit. But overall, I think society benefits.