Governor Palin spoke to the Susan B. Anthony List Celebration of Life breakfast earlier today and said (as reported by CBS – which can be found here) that she was struck by “not knowing if my heart was ready, not knowing if I was patient and nurturing enough [to raise a special needs child]”. She added that she was greatly affected by the public treatment of her daughter’s pregnancy as well. Those experiences “gave [her] empathy for those finding themselves in less than ideal circumstances”.
I think that empathy is the key. Many on the right stand by the pro-life principle, but do not follow up by providing the options necessary for women in “less than ideal circumstances” to make the right choice. For example, the Delaware Adolescent Program (DAPI) provides a great service in Delaware helping girls in school stay in school while raising their children. The current Administration and its General Assembly allies have been attacking non-profit funding so that they can keep State employees happy for the upcoming November elections. DAPI has been forced to cut services.
Given the law of the land, if we want fewer abortions (and I think that pretty much everyone can agree that fewer abortions would be a good thing), then we need to provide options so that women make the right choice — life. Effective, affordable, and successful programs like DAPI need help. 90% of homeless children are homeless with their mothers. 60-70% of these women have drug addiction problems, and most of them do not have high school diplomas. The Sunday Breakfast Mission, which takes no government money, will soon provide opportunities for these families to break out of their poverty cycle.
We need to help those organizations that help women make the right choice and that takes empathy.