A prominent pro-life activist is calling on state and federal lawmakers to adopt policies that will help make America “a more family-friendly place” as many lawmakers allied with her movement are reluctant to support such initiatives .
In an interview with The Christian Post, Lila Rose, founder and president of pro-life advocacy organization Live Action, discussed the state of the pro-life movement and the laws she would like to see enacted to facilitate the lives of women and their children now that the U.S. Supreme Court has struck down Roe vs. Wade decision that legalized abortion nationwide.
Following the court’s ruling on a Mississippi law banning abortion after 15 weeks’ gestation, known as the Dobbsvs. Jackson Women’s Health Organizationmany states have banned or severely restricted abortion, providing an incentive to “help pregnant women and their families carry their pregnancies to term”.
Last week, Republican Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb signed a measure into legislation that allocates $45 million to “support the health of pregnant women, postpartum mothers and infants” and to help low-income families with children under 4 years old.
“Making America a more family-friendly place is a critical pro-life public policy goal,” Rose said. Listing legislative proposals designed to achieve this goal, which her organization supports, Rose said these plans include a child tax credit that makes it “easier to raise a child”, “financial support for resource centers on pregnancy and health centers without abortion” and “tax credit for adoption”.
One state Rose cited as an example was Georgia, which recently passed a policy allowing parents to claim a $3,000 tax exemption for their unborn children. “We need more laws like this,” she added.
The pro-life movement “should focus on private and public financial support for families to help them raise their children,” she said, because “raising children can be very difficult in our world today. today, not only because of our culture”. but because of these economic difficulties that many families face, expectant parents are faced with.
With an enormous amount of money being spent at all levels of government, Rose strongly believes that “children and families should be on the front line [when] we distribute tax credits and other incentives and policies.
But convincing Republicans, the party most sympathetic to the pro-life movement, to support such policies at the state and federal levels”[take] time,” she added. “It takes time to move most ships in politics.”
The Republican Party has a “libertarian faction that views any government spending as a ‘no,'” she said, but also expressed optimism about the “progress” of the pro-life movement in convincing GOP lawmakers to enact legislation to advance ‘well-being’. and the sanctity of the family.
At the federal level, Sens. Mitt Romney, R-Utah, and Marco Rubio, R-Fla., introduced the New Parents Act, which would allow parents with median household incomes of $60,000 or less to take paid family leave using part of their Social Security benefits. Rose hailed the bill as “a no-brainer.”
In addition to disagreement between pro-life lawmakers and activists over legislation offering financial incentives to parents, there is also disagreement within the movement over the role of birth control in “making America a friendlier place.” for families”.
Like Rose, Mississippi State Rep. Becky Currie advocated for the state government to take a more proactive approach in enacting such legislation. However, Currie said mississippi today that in her state, “we need to make sure that every woman in every county has access to birth control.”
Indiana’s recent law passed overwhelmingly both bedrooms of the State Legislative Assembly, receiving near-unanimous approval from Democrats and Republicans alike. As part of its efforts to help families with young children, Senate Bill 2 set aside funds “to support pregnancy planning, including addressing barriers to long-acting reversible contraception in ‘stock”.
For her part, Rose rejects the idea that ensuring access to contraception will reduce the number of unplanned pregnancies and lead to fewer abortions. “Birth control does not curb our abortion rates,” she said. “The contraceptive mindset lends itself to the abortion crisis only because it separates, it says that children, which are a natural consequence of sex, that children are a burden and that people should, have the right to sexual relations without any of the natural consequences.”
Lamenting that birth control perpetuates the “misunderstanding of sex and helps create the abortion problem,” Rose said, “we need to move toward a new sexual ethic as a country that celebrates children and also sees that sex is part of a whole, committed life and a loving relationship where children can ultimately thrive.She also expressed concern that many contraceptives “are also abortifacients” or drugs that induce abortions.
“It is crucial that we do not provide support, public taxpayer support, in any way or that the government encourages [the use of] contraceptives that are abortifacient,” she proclaimed. Going forward, Rose would also like to see adoption made “more affordable” and ensure that women are “educated about what adoption can mean for them.”
Rose recalled that many women she spoke to who had abortions refused to give their babies up for adoption because they didn’t know “what’s going to happen to that child.” She stressed the need to inform women that “you can have open adoption” and highlighted the ability for pregnant women to “manually select” which families to place their children with.
She also supports putting “more societal pressure on men, not just to pay child support, but to stand up and be fathers and be protectors and providers.”
Ryan Foley is a reporter for The Christian Post. He can be contacted at: [email protected]