Shitposts here are just posts I do with no real planning and citations. Just free-flow baby. They’re things I’ve thought about writing but just haven’t had the time to properly and indepthly research the way I try to do with my regular posts. This one comes about after an argument with my partner. Honestly I was on the other side of the fence at first, but I think she convinced me.
For me the argument had always been about the BBC. No, not that BBC… or that one either… I mean back-up birth control. I’ve basically got zero reservations about women who need abortions having them, however need is the operative word there. I don’t think that the state and by extension, tax payers, should have to pay for your mistakes. You got drunk at a club and didn’t make him wrap it? Tough luck, you made the mistake, you pay for it. Makes sense no?
Need for me means stuff like cases of rape, incest, severe disabilities and medical complications – such as the mother’s imminent death if she tries to have the child. However my partner made the good point that contraceptive isn’t 100%, even in combination. So what if you tried really hard not to have a baby and an accident still happened? How do you sort the people who really tried from the people who made a mistake?
I don’t think you really can. There’s no objective test that can be done for this you have to take them on their word. On the other hand, in regards to the taxpayers paying for it. The cost of an abortion is roughly $500. The cost of putting a child through the foster care system is $40,000 a child.
In 2013 there were 664,435 abortions in the US, that’s just above $332.2 million dollars. On any given day there are roughly 428,000 children in foster care already. Though in 2015, 670,000 children spent some time in the foster care system. The foster care system at its current rate costs $22bn a year. In the US each year there are roughly 135,000 children adopted.
So if we take the number of children adopted from the number of abortions then multiply that by the cost of each child in foster care – we should be able to see how much more money its going to cost to totally ban abortions. Because obviously, most of these kids will be put up for adoption and have to go through the foster care system anyway. So what’s the answer to this impromptu math?
$21,177,400,000 – doubling the cost.
That’s the cost of 2013’s abortions, sixty three times over. Sixty fucking three times.
This isn’t even to mention that a significant percentage of people in prison right now were in the foster care system at some point. The fact that the foster care families are frequently caught abusing children. The fact that its woefully underfunded and kids don’t tend to live a great life in social care.
Banning abortions will absolutely increase the load put on the foster care system. This needs to be paid for, and even now the foster system is a struggling & underfunded part of our society. Imagine what it would be like when the cost doubles.
The back up birth control argument isn’t a good argument for being against abortions. Because other people will still be paying for your mistakes, just not to kill your mistake. Instead to give it a really shitty life where 1/3 of them will end up in prison. Great job!