How many millions of $’s (17 in 2008) did we spend in Texas for abstinence only education? And our state led the nation in non-virgin teens (53%)? I am not sure that the folks we send to Austin are in any way capable of monitoring morals or money.
Witness HB 15 which requires women considering an abortion to have a sonogram. Do these people think that women who get abortions are just doing so on the spur of the moment? Do they believe that women are so callous that their hearts aren’t breaking because of this decision? What is the point to this legislation? It was considered an emergency by Rick Perry.
If the point is to save the lives of these babies, how are we going to support them? Our Republican majority House and Senate are short changing every program that might assist these little ones AFTER their birth.
Our Texas budget is stripping away money for children’s health care, education, and daycare. The proposed budget has school districts eliminating preschool and kinder programs and increasing class size. Colleges and universities are being priced out of reality for most middle class students.
The Center for Public Policy Priorities has some chilling statistics.
- Nearly 1 in 4 Texas children live in poverty
- For the 10th year in a row, Texas has the highest rate of uninsured kids in the country (20%). That’s nearly twice the national average
- 16.3% of Texas households don’t know how they’ll afford their next meal
- More than half of Texas public school children are economically disadvantaged. They are less likely to pass the TAKS and more likely to dropout.
So, what’s the point to saving those lives? They are well worth saving, but what kind of life, what kind of future are we offering them?
Right to life has to be for ALL life at ALL stages of life.
Otherwise, what’s the point?