Who really cares about children?
Now that the Supreme Court has overturned Roe v Wade, desperate abortion apologists will attempt to mitigate the immorality of their cause by accusing pro-life folk of not caring about babies after birth. As if red states and counties are awash in ragged waifs wailing for another spoonful of porridge while Mumsy and Pops play nine at the country club.
The author of this imaginative fiction is one Amanda Marcotte, defined as “a senior politics writer at Salon and the author of “Troll Nation: How the Right became Trump-worshipping monsters set on rat-f*cking liberals, America, and truth Itself.” Now THERE is a citation for Justice Alito!
Abortion-only need apply
Then how does one explain Madison’s progressive city government? Some nine years ago the pro-life CareNet Pregnancy Center of Dane County sought a low-interest loan of $550,000 from Madison’s federally funded affordable housing trust to help finance a 36-unit apartment building to house impoverished single mothers bringing their pregnancies to term.
A city committee rebuffed the request by a 5-2 vote on 01-17-13. Alders overrode the civil servants who supported the project and ignored a tongue-lashing from then-legal counsel Michael May. The attorney reminded that “federal regulations provide that religious or faith-based organizations are eligible to receive [these] funds like any other entity and bar the city from discriminating against such organizations.”
“I must state it is difficult to determine the basis on which the CDBG committee determined not to support the application.” (Attorney May’s 01-28-13 letter.)
“We’re disappointed the decision was made not on the merits but on ideology,” CareNet Center Director Julie Bennett told this blogger at the time.
UPDATED: Alds. Tim Bruer and Matt Phair (who is back on the Common Council) cast the two alders’ no votes on the committee plus citizen members Monya Choudhury, Liz Dannenbaum, and Russ Whitesel. (Citation here.)
We reported then that Lisa Subeck (then an alder and now a Democrat in the state legislature) charged that pregnancy counseling centers engaged in bait and switch, gulling unsuspecting abortion customers into having unwanted babies. Subeck was the former director of NARAL Pro-Choice Wisconsin. Ironic for one who professes to be pro-choice! Another alder at the time, Shiva Bidar-Sielaff, moved to deep-six the request at the Council’s Board of Estimates. She now earns six figures operating the racial justice stand at one of the UW’s schools.
Real concern for the pre-born
[The] Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization decision … offers the Catholic Church in the United States, and all those of good will who stand with us in upholding the sanctity of human life, the opportunity and privilege to redouble our efforts to accompany women and couples facing unexpected or difficult pregnancies, as well as supporting parents in their care for their sons and daughters.
We will continue to welcome all those in need of assistance and offer to them the best we have to give, with sensitivity and compassion, so that children born in crisis situations have what they need to truly grow and flourish. …
A brief list of institutions and programs in the immediate area for individuals or couples struggling with an unexpected or difficult pregnancy, those struggling with caring for their children, as well those suffering the pain and loss of abortion include: CareNet, Elizabeth House, Our Lady of Hope Clinic, Pregnancy Helpline, Project Rachel, Rachel’s Vineyard, Saint Vincent de Paul Societies, Walking with Moms in Need, and the Women’s Care Center, as well as many others throughout the diocese and state.
Blaska’s Bottom Line: Now THERE is some real health care!