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There’s been a lot of ink, both real and virtual these past couple of weeks on attempts to pass a piece of legislation known as the fetal pain bill which would have required doctors to tell women contemplating an abortion that a fetus could feel pain, and to offer anesthetic to the fetus. It was yet another attempt by the self-proclaimed pro-life crowd to discourage abortion with misinformation and inflammatory propaganda. The measure failed.
While that’s good news, another related matter has received little attention. The outgoing Republican Congress, while accomplishing very little, did manage to trim federal funding to local communities attempting to collect child support money from delinquent parents. Not just a little trim, mind you, but for my moderate sized city alone, it amounts to over $9.4 million in cuts over the next two years.
Whether or not a fetus is capable of experiencing pain is unproven, but babies and children who do not receive adequate food, shelter and medical care most certainly do experience pain that is real and often results in a lifetime of disadvantage. I know. In a former life, I was a single-parent who relied upon child support checks. Sometimes they arrived. Sometimes they didn’t.
Those who would call themselves “pro-life” and who pursue their anti-woman, anti-child agenda with vengeance and single-mindedness, should take a look at their fellow citizens filling up the roles of public aid programs.
That is what pain truly looks like.