I support legislation in Alabama, Georgia, and elsewhere to restrict killing children behind the euphemism of abortion.
I also think pro-lifers must do other things as well. Should we be successful, there will be women carrying children they do not want and there will be women who bear costs with no fathers around to help them. We must do more to provide social stability for these moms.
Pro-lifers must be willing to fight for adoption reform across the states. We should support making it more efficient to adopt by cutting bureaucratic red tape. We must work to end laws that allow mothers who give up their children to change their minds once an adoption has gone through. We must work to encourage more interracial adoptions.
We must also work to improve the social safety net to help women. Churches need to step up on this, not just taxpayers. This burden should be on the pro-life community, not just the state. We need to make it easier for mothers to get care they need. We need to make it easier for them to collect from deadbeat dads. Frankly, we also need to make it easier for deadbeat dads to find jobs to help pay for support. Sometimes a catch 22 develops where a father falls behind on payments to help his children and goes to jail, even though he is trying to earn money to help his child.
This cannot be a “ban abortion” approach because then the pro-life community will be accepting the abortion community’s critique that we only care about children in the womb.
Additionally, we need to understand the new fronts the left will open. Some activists will work to curtail adoption choices through targeting faith based adoption agencies in the name of tolerance. They’ll shut off the avenues by which adoptions can happen in the name of tolerance, then complain that the adoption process is too burdensome and abortion is the answer.
Restricting abortion is a good thing. It is killing a human being. But restricting abortion without helping mothers and children is cruel. A healthy pro-life community will step up and move beyond restrictions on abortion towards greater social and community support for mothers with nowhere to turn.