Associated Press Writers- The pregnant woman showed up at the medical center in flip-flops and in tears, after walking there to save bus fare.
Her boyfriend had lost his job, she told her doctor in Oakland, Calif., and now… fearing harder times for her family… she wanted to abort what would have been her fourth child.
“This was a desired pregnancy. She’d been getting prenatal care but they re-evaluated expenses and decided not to continue,” said Dr. Pratima Gupta. “When I was doing the options counseling, she interrupted me halfway through, crying, and said, ‘Dr. Gupta, I just walked here for an hour. I’m sure of my decision.'”
Other doctors are hearing similarly wrenching tales. For many Americans, the recession is affecting their most intimate decisions about sex and family planning. Doctors and clinics are reporting that many women are choosing abortions and men are having vasectomies because they cannot afford a child.
The mess President Obama found had unintended consequences. How many times have we found facts like terrorism increasing world wide rather than decreasing? Or been promised a war would pay for itself for it to become an intolerable life-wasting economic burden? A coast line left in shambles for years as promised “aid in the pipeline” never really gets there and buses promised to rescue residents by the feds never arrive?
Recently I typed a response at Volconvo that mentioned how an administration could promote policies that make things worse, then claim to want to protect us from what they and their handpicked vendors just made worse. Could the Bush administration have been a protection racket? Have intentionally created a climate where a massive increase in abortions would rally their base for 2010?
True or not, these are real people. With real drama in their lives: directly caused by economic policies which included deregulation mania, crooked bankers and disastrous trickle down/”free” marketeer nonsense.