Many children witness their parents stoned out cold, or screwing each other, or screwing strangers, or fighting – verbally and physically. Other out-of-control adults may abuse the children while mom and dad are otherwise occupied.
This sordid side of bad parenting is never talked about by the so-called pro-life advocates, for whom every baby conceived should be born, no matter into what misery. It would be nice if the ardent opponents of abortion gave a damn about the kind of life many children are brought into, their privation, pain, and suffering at the hands of feckless or evil adults. But seemingly once they are born, the right-to-lifers wash their hands of them and instruct them to pull themselves up by their own Pampers. If pro-lifers were advocating for helping parents overcome addictions and learn live skills aimed at improving these children’s lives, I would be much more sympathetic to their cause. But they’re not. Those are “liberal” causes. For the so-called conservatives, after birth, you’re on your own. Be responsible and independent, kid. Dickens wrote about such people.