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Social Justice -- Not Individual Solution
WHAT IS A REAL CHOICE?

Women do not have a real choice today, whether we "choose" to continue a pregnancy and have a child, or whether we "choose" to end the pregnancy.  I know that there are many women who would keep the pregnancy if they had the basic prerequisites to offer the child a good life.
Read what a true choice would be
CIVIL RIGHTS
ACCESS TO BIRTH CONTROL
18 Jan 1916: Mrs. Margaret Sanger (L) with her sister, Ethel Byrne, seated in court. Mrs. Sanger is on trial for sending her book "The Woman Rebel" through the mail. Image by © Bettmann/C ORBIS

Margaret Sanger fought to legalize birth control in the United States in the early twentieth century.
A key feminist demand will always be safe, legal abortion on demand, equally important is the demand for safe, accessible birth control.
Sex education and access to birth control for young people has increased over the thirty-plus years since the Roe v. Wade decision making abortion legal throughout the United States.

By 1990 or 1991, the pregnancy rate among teenagers and young women started
declining.  Researchers attributed almost all of the decline in the pregnancy rate between 1995 and 2002 among 18-19-year-olds to increased contraceptive use.  Read "U.S. Teenage Pregnancies, Births and Abortions: National and State Trends and Trends by Race and Ethnicity"; p.4, section titled 'Discussion', 2nd paragraph.
BASIC PREREQUISITES FOR TRUE REPRODUCTIVE CHOICE
HATS OFF TO AMERICAN WOMEN
By Carol Downer
        
We live in an unjust society that legally places the burden of nurturing each child to adulthood on the parents.  In practical facts, both the burden of giving birth to the child and to raising it often falls squarely on the woman alone.
"women find themselves unexpectedly pregnant each year.  Our American society leaves it up to them to somehow cope with this unplanned pregnancy."
Corporations and their media ballyhoo sex in the public marketplace, but they don't provide sex education to children or young adults in the schools, and many parents cannot, or at least do not, provide it at home. Women have difficulty in obtaining birth control information and methods. The methods have health hazards, and furthermore sometime fail. And, even adult women may have difficulty in getting male cooperation in birth control.  

Due to this legally-enforced ignorance, lack of power in the male-female relationship, and lack of access to failure-proof birth control, two million U.S. women find themselves unexpectedly pregnant each year.  Our American society leaves it up to them to somehow cope with this unplanned pregnancy.

Considering that getting an abortion is often expensive, involves minor unpleasantness and that, in many states, very young women have to go through extra steps to get permission from parents or the court, it is to their credit that approximately half, or one million, women manage to obtain an abortion each year.  Since many of these women are economically disadvantaged and very young, their individual decisions to abort the pregnancy saves the society vast sums in welfare payments, enables more women to finish their education, or protects the stability of the homes of their already-born children.

Thank you, ladies, one and all, for your responsible and courageous decisions.
EQUAL PAY
Women needs to have equal earning power with men so that married or not they can provide a decent standard of living to a child.

Many pregnant women do not have a partner or a personal support system, therefore it is up to them alone to raise the child. 
An infant needs a fulltime caretaker; either the mother has to provide this or she has to pay for it.  Most women do not earn enough to do this.

According to the National Organization for Women: 

"For full-time, year-round workers, women are paid on average only 78 percent of what men are paid; for women of color, the gap is significantly wider. These wage gaps stubbornly remain despite the passage of the Equal Pay Act in 1963, and a variety of legislation prohibiting employment discrimination.

Women still are not receiving equal pay for equal work, let alone equal pay for work of equal value. This disparity not only affects women's spending power, it penalizes their retirement security by creating gaps in Social Security and pensions."
EQUAL OPPORTUNITY FOR EDUCATION
Our society is riddled with inequalities, but getting an education is one way for a person of color or a working-class person to improve their chances of making a decent living.

Women from all ethnic and economic groups are making great strides in getting college degrees.  NY Times

Girls face an obstacle to staying in school that boys do not: they can get pregnant, have an abortion or a child.


Schools can do more to make it possible for girls who are pregnant or who have children to stay in school.

CHILD CARE PROGRAMS
Any woman who is trying to decide whether or not to continue an unexpected pregnancy has to consider how she would take care of the child after it is born.
Many of the women who decide to have an abortion do so because they do not have the resources or the means to take care of the child.

Most mothers today, single or married, need to work.  Less than 5% of parents have access to paid parental leave, and less than 50% have access to unpaid parental leave, so she will probably not have anyone to help her when she brings the baby home.
Some post-partum depression is almost inevitable, but serious post-partum depression, a psychological disorder, is on the increase.  WebMD

More than half of mothers start working when the baby is less than 6 months old.

She will need to leave the baby with either a nanny, a relative, a friend or a child care facility.  Unless she has a high-paying job, she will probably have to pay about half her salary to take care of her infant.

By the time the child is 6, mothers usually are in the workforce.  About 20% of school-age children of employed mothers are alone at home after school.  Child Care in America
STATE SUPPORT FOR CHILD
The goal of the American reproductive rights and reproductive justice movement needs to be that our society, in an era of prosperity or a depression, puts the welfare of each of our children first.

If a woman gets pregnant, even if she's married to the man, the physical facts of life mean that it is she who will actually bear the child and have the main responsibility of nurturing it.  She will need support from him or others throughout pregnancy, birth, infancy and childhood.  In the United States, many parents do not have support from an extended family.



In 1959, the United Nations Declaration of the Rights of the Child spells out these rights in America, children of low-income parents or children receiving public welfare live at a substandard level.

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Parents, women especially, need governmentally-provided or supported child care programs.
If she has the primary responsibility for the baby's care, she may suffer sleep deprivation and stress-related health problems from the physical demands of caring for an infant coupled with the anxieties that beset a new parent.

Many women who seek abortion would not have become pregnant if they were able to have access to safe and effective birth control.  This is particularly true of very young women who lack the information and resources to protect themselves from unwanted pregnancy.
Since 1991, the percentage of women who seek abortions to terminate a pregnancy has steadily declined. In California, this decline has been marked. Comparison Chart
WHAT IS A REAL CHOICE?

Women do not have a real choice today, whether we "choose" to continue a pregnancy and have a child, or whether we "choose" to end the pregnancy.  I know that there are many women who would keep the pregnancy if they had the basic prerequisites to offer the child a good life.

Imagine a world where every child, whatever its sex, it's nationality or ethicity, would be wanted and valued by the entire society.  She or he would have a good home, nutritious food, plenty of sunshine and fresh air, a good education, health care.  We don't have that kind of society, so it's still up to the mother and father to provide what the child needs.

Imagine a world where our highest priority would be the health and well-being of our children.  Parents could stay home to raise their children in they want or they would have extended families to nurture their kids.  High-quality day care would be available so that parents that want to work can do so, and all parents can have respite from the constant responsibility for a child.

Imagine a world with true opportunity for each child, regardless of his or her ethnic background.  Where he or she would never have to endure the hurt of being treated like a second-class citizen.

HERE ARE THE BASIC PRE-REQUISITES FOR A REAL CHOICE