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- The world is already overpopulated. If you knew how fast populations grow under legal abortion, this latest ruling will certainly magnify things. Real estate developers buy land and destroy single-family homes based on population growth forecasting. This not only creates an inflated monopoly on rent and mortgages but destroys many of nature's resources as well as communities.
- About 30% of homeless families have underage children. Again, this is before the Republicans jacked things up. If you look at the link, California and New York lead in homelessness. This is not a Hollywood movie where some kind, generous stranger will rescue these people out of the blue and live happily ever after.
- Single parenthood is serious business. Before you read this long list of challenges single parents face (starting at #4), comedian Chris Rock once had a routine about single parenthood where not enough men (and sometimes women) lived up to the responsibility, resulting in some bad-ass kids. His point: single parenthood can be done but it shouldn't be this way because it's impossible for one parent to be everywhere.
- Kids cost money. Even with the most practical or humble child-rearing, there are expenses parents (or guardians) cannot get around. Being poor seldom results in a quality lifestyle (though I've seen some recent remarkable exceptions). And the working class can find themselves being "too rich" to afford things like reasonably-priced medical care.
- It literally takes a village to raise one child. If you're young and live in the big city, having a group of responsible peers as part of your support system isn't easy. It's harder for those who are introverts or haven't been exposed to genuinely good people (in other words, you're too trusting). When it comes to your kid, protection tops the list of priorities.
Those are just five things off the top of my head as to why I'm pro-choice and have been for years. In over five decades on earth, I've seen a lot of shit go down with unprepared parents of all races, income levels, societal standing, and so on. Other real but possible issues that go into raising a child are -
- Mental health
- Genetic abnormalities
- Crime (as a victim or perpetrator)
- Physical impairments
- and anything that challenges a normal person's quality of life.
Finally, there's the fact that the mother may not be in well enough health to carry a baby to term. If people cannot be reasonable in their judgments, please try to show compassion towards women who are simply living life...even if their choices aren't ideal.