I was floored by the following video chat from the Wooly Bumblebee.
I have had my disagreements with her in the past. The above video, however, indicates that she has gone through an exceptional volume of hardships thus far in her young life. The fact that she is still able to find the energy to smile, and even laugh, across all her videos indicates that she has an unusual resiliency.
Wooly and Mikenna MacLachlan make the very valid point about "pro-life" lobbyists being "pro-life" until the moment of birth, at which point their interest in the fetus ceases completely. They say that restrictions on abortions disproportionately target the less well-off as people who would have otherwise been aborted as fetuses grow up in miserable economic conditions and are at higher risk for ending up as wards of the state, a situation as Dickensian today as it was in the nineteenth century.
As horrible as that outcome is, I cannot bring myself to be pro-abortion. However, my view on abortion is an economic one, a geopolitical one, a realist one rather than one informed in any way by the "pro-life" Democratic Unionist Party-type fundamentalist whackadoodles.
Succinctly, abortion is most likely related to declining birthrates in the West. Declining birthrates in the West, in turn, are why Western governments from across the political spectrum, from Greece's extreme left Syrizia and France's Socialist Party to Quebec and British Columbia's centrist Liberal governments to the conservative governments of David Cameron in Britain and Geli Merkel in Germany have been forced to impose austerity in some form or another. Declining birthrates means fewer taxpayers. Fewer taxpayers means less government revenue. Less government revenue means less government funding for everything that governments fund, be it the military, be it welfare/social assistance.
As well, people born into economically Dickensian circumstances are still engines that produce government revenue. EBT/the Monday Book purchases keep groceries in business, helping them to pay taxes and pay their employees, who then, in turn, pay taxes. People born into economically Dickensian circumstances still pay VAT/GST/state sales taxes on what they buy, thus contributing to government revenue. People born into economically Dickensian circumstances, in other words, can and do, albeit inadvertently, play a role in combating the worst excesses of austerity. As well, people born into Dickensian circumstances have been known to turn out well enough to, not only rise above, but triumph over, these circumstances. The names Bernie Ecclestone, Jenson Button, Will Stevens and J.K. Rowling are testament to that.
The preceding two paragraphs sound harsh and inhumane, as if I see people as merely pawns, cogs in the machine of the economy. I do not. I look at things from a realist perspective, but I am not completely without humanity. I realise that being born into Dickensian circumstances means being born into a life with a balance of misery and unhappiness. That is why I agree with Wooly and Mikenna about the need for a support system for mothers who choose to carry their pregnancies to term. This may be an affront to libertarians. It was certainly not an affront to Otto Graf von Bismarck, who created the world's first welfare state while simultaneously outlawing Socialism and throwing Socialists in jail. It is also certainly not an affront to Vladimir Putin, who has improved social welfare in Russia. Indeed, President Putin's nuanced view of prostitution is similar to my view of abortion.
President Putin opposes prostitution. I do not, since prostitution is as militarily necessary as the steel industry. That being said, while he opposes prostitution, President Putin expressly recognises the need to provide viable alternatives to women who would otherwise unwillingly end up in prostitution. Likewise, while I oppose abortion on economic, geopolitical and realist grounds, I also recognise the need to offer support to mothers who carry through with their pregnancies. One part of the support I would offer is what I mentioned in a previous entry about merging the Departments/Ministries of Education with the Departments/Ministries of Defence, with the aim that the military be entirely responsible for primary and secondary education. This proposal can be modified to be useful as a support system for women who carry through with their pregnancies by having wards of the state be residents of that military school system. I realise, however, that this would be a very long-term undertaking.
In the short term, something Wooly Bumblebee said in the above video offers itself as a solution. Specifically, she said that, in her experience, many wards of the state become acquainted with the criminal underworld before the age of majority. This is a spectacular opportunity for the intelligence services of the police/internal security apparatus to recruit wards of the state as Selous Scout-style Supergrasses to penetrate and report on the activities of the criminal underworld in exchange for desk jobs in other branches of the security forces should their cover be compromised.
People are a resource. As with iron, bauxite, copper, wind and sunlight it is only a question of how to best develop those resources while squandering the least amount of them possible.