The WHPA “would enshrine into federal law abortion on demand until the moment of birth, and it would nullify state laws — new and existing – that protect unborn children and their mothers,” Jeanne Mancini, president of the March for Life, warned ahead of the vote.
The Feb. 28 cloture vote, with 46 for and 48 against the WHPA, needed 60 votes to proceed. It fell largely along party lines with only one Democrat (Sen. Joe Manchin of West Virginia) voting against proceeding with the bill that would override states’ pro-life laws and remove restrictions on abortion up to the point of birth in some cases. Read more
Research evidence indicates that, on average, children who have (a) two parents who are committed to one another, (b) a stable home life, (c) more economic resources, and (d) the advantage of being intended or welcomed by their parents, are more likely to flourish. In general, we believe that evidence suggests that marriage is the best path to the favorable outcomes highlighted above. Read more
What I find perplexing about the arguments from both Pope Francis and Elon Musk is that they’re both basically saying people should have kids for the greater good. Pope Francis’ “our homeland suffers, as it does not have children” sounds weird, but I believe he’s making what I’ll call the Social Security argument. In the U.S., Social Security provides money to the elderly. But the system only works if there are more workers paying in than people drawing money out. You need gradual population growth, and the economy generally is structured this way.
I certainly did not have kids to benefit the greater good, society, or the Social Security program. So, if the greater good isn’t a compelling reason to have kids, what is? Read more