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Abortion: More than one reason – Fetal Analomy

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Often when the word abortion is brought up, people generalize this issue to careless women/girls/teenagers who simply don’t want the responsibility of a child. However, this statement is only partly true. In reality, there  are many reasons for abortion such as economic instability, fetal abnormalities, rape, abusive relationships, danger to the mother (psychological or physical), and many more. 

Fetal anomaly, an issue that often leads to termination, is regularly overlooked by pro-life supporters. Opponents of abortion often combat fetal anomaly by responding with “disabled children can still lead a wonderful life.” And this is 100% true, but it’s not all about the child. This statement obscures that emotional hardships and anguish that a mother must go through when receiving a diagnosis of fetal anomaly in an otherwise wanted pregnancy. 

It’s no lie that disabled children are expensive, with regular doctor appointments, possible surgeries, and the special help/education they will need. Many mothers in this position choose to terminate due to their economic status, but there are other reasons than just money. If this mother already has children, there are even more lives to consider when making the choice to recieve an abortion. The effect of having a disabled child in the family can teach meaningful lessons such as responsibility, but it can also have negative repercussions. What if the non-disabled child requires more attention than can be provided by already busy and preoccupied parents? In the long run, children in these situations can ultimately be in a worse off place than before. 

Overall, the decision to terminate a pregnancy belongs to one person and one person only. The mother. As it is her body, she should have the right to do whatever she pleases/has to do. When the word abortion is mentioned, it is important to not immediately jump to the “careless woman” scenario, and instead recognize that you may have no idea what has happened or who is involved. 



The Affordable Care Act: A Complicated, Imperfect, and Necessary Regulation

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Tom Donnely, his body unnaturally twisted into a knot of limbs, lay immobile in the middle of the road. The wet, jagged asphalt dug into his face as he glimpsed the pale headlights zooming forward through the downpour. His life didn’t flash before his eyes; he didn’t see a blinding white light; he just hoped it would be painless.  

In Greenwich Hospital, Connecticut, he awoke to find a stroke paralyzed the right side of his body. Thankfully after his collapse, no other injuries occurred, but now another challenge faced him. Insurance.  

He worked two jobs and barley made enough money to rent a one bed apartment and feed himself. Medicaid saved his life. Medicaid is a public assistance program which pays for medical insurance for low income individuals. Federal and State funds from taxes allow for these suffering poor individuals to receive life-saving medical treatment. The Affordable Care Act (ACA), passed in 2010 by the Obama administration, greatly enlarged this program to protect over 20 million more individuals. Tom Donnely signifies only one of the many millions of individuals saved by this program.    

So what is actually the Affordable Care Act?

If your sitting on your couch, scratching your head at the ACA. Don’t worry. You’re not alone. A study by Carnegie Mellon found that 86% of Americans between the age of 25 and 64 have even the faintest idea of what the Affordable Care Act does. The main purpose of this act is to make health insurance more affordable (obviously!). To perform this feat, the government offers individuals under a certain income level tax credits (which are refunds) on the government health care plans. The rule book for insurance companies has also changed. Previously, you could be turned away by insurance companies due to your preexisting conditions. Let’s say you suffer from hypertension (high blood pressure) an insurance agency could have declined to have even accept you as a client. With ACA, this process is illegal.  

The government offers four different health care plans: Bronze, Silver, Gold, and Platinum. Bronze is the cheapest, but the insurance only covers 60% of the medical bills, while Platinum is the most expensive but covers 90%.

However, Donald Trump, the 45th President of the United States of America, attacked this plan, calling it “very bad health insurance… [and f]ar too expensive.” Yes, ACA increases the rates of taxes, but the expense of this program in 2014 remained well below the price projected by the Congressional Budget Office writes Paul Krugman, a notable economist.

Locally, Houston funds a number of Women, Children, and Infant (WIC) clinics. These places provide medical benefits to pregnant women and children under the age of five who are all under are under a certain income level. For a family of one member, if the individual makes below $22,311 annually, they qualify for this program. To put this in perspective, Saint John’s tuition costs $27,545 per year, and, according to Datausa, 42.5% of Houstonian annually make $30k or less. The ACA expanded the coverage of programs like these WIC clinics to encompass more of the overwhelming population of economically struggling families.  

No, this plan is far from perfect, yet a total repeal without a suitable replacement, though it might raise taxes, throws out millions of Americans’ safety net. Medicaid coverage allowed Tom Donnely to receive the proper, life-saving treatment. Let’s allow for more people like Tom to get a second chance at life.

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