I've never been one of those people who thinks that changing people's hearts on abortion is somehow at odds with changing the laws; I think that both should be changed. But I also recognize that changing the laws is a long way away.
With that in mind, what are some things that could be done right now, both legislatively and otherwise, that would cause more women to choose life? I want to get the conversational ball rolling by throwing out a few suggestions, which may or may not be practicable or even possible (and I apologize for not delving deeper, here; I've been battling a migraine all day, and the migraine is winning, so I'm not able to do any heavy-duty blogging tonight).
So, bearing in mind the above, here are a few suggestions. Please add more if you like, or tell me which ones you think would/would not work and why in the combox:
- Offer an income tax credit of five thousand dollars (or more, etc.) to any woman (married or single) who has had a baby in the previous year; this would be above and beyond any child tax credit(s).
- Offer an income tax credit of (about) a thousand dollars per year for eighteen years to any woman who has placed a child for adoption.
- Offer a three-year (again, approximately) student loan deferment to any woman who has a baby while attending college.
- Establish a college scholarship fund for single women who have placed a child for adoption.