Post-Roe: Dems challenge GOP to show they care for mothers
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Democrats suggest their rivals are eleventh-hour converts who would offer half-measures at best and voters should judge them accordingly.

The Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe v. Wade’s constitutional protections for abortion rights set off a contest between Democrats and Republicans going into the midterm elections over whose policies would do more to help vulnerable mothers and children.

Sen. Rick Scott, who heads the Republican campaign committee in the Senate, said GOP lawmakers now have the responsibility to “do everything in our power to meet the needs of struggling women and their families so they can choose life.”

It’s a recognition that, even with a focus on inflation and high gas prices that have vexed President Joe Biden and Democrats, the culturally sensitive issue could complicate the expectations of a GOP takeover of Congress.

The fallout from Friday’s ruling could add to the uncertainty in political races because abortion is also an economic issue for many people. Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen last month said a repeal “would have very damaging effects on the economy and would set women back decades.”

Democrats suggest their rivals are eleventh-hour converts who would offer half-measures at best and voters should judge them accordingly.

“It’s pretty cynical to say you want to do it now,” said Rep. Suzan DelBene of Washington. “If it’s a priority, it should have always been a priority and actions really speak louder than words.”

GOP leaders have generally opposed Biden’s expansion of the child tax credit — saying it would discourage people from working despite evidence to the contrary. Congressional Republicans said the Democrats’ paid family leave plan — which would put the U.S. on par with other wealthy nations — could limit choices for families and crush small businesses.  In 2017, House Republicans voted to repeal “Obamacare” and replace it with measures that could have made maternity care optional.

“Not only have leading congressional Republicans endorsed building on the Supreme Court’s radical break with precedent by imposing a national abortion ban, but they have also spent years trying to make parenthood more expensive for middle class families,” said Andrew Bates, White House deputy press secretary.

An Associated Press analysis earlier this year found that states with the strictest abortion laws — often led by Republicans — generally provide far less support to parents and children, usually leading to more poverty and worse health outcomes. In response to AP’s findings, many conservative state lawmakers said women can give their newborns up for adoption and said they would support funding increases for foster-care programs.

Staffers for the top two Republican lawmakers, House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy of California and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, declined to say which measures they would push to help mothers and children in the wake of abortion being banned.

But GOP lawmakers have put forth ideas that they say would help families in need.

A spokesman for Scott has said the senator would support removing work requirements for parents with children under the age of 6 who live in public housing and receive food aid through the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program.

Scott’s “Rescue America” plan says that no federal program or tax laws should reward people for being unmarried and that the federal government should pay all costs for unwed mothers who put their children up for adoption, among other policies.

Families that adopt children are eligible for a tax credit that was worth up to $14,300 in 2020. But House Republicans in 2017 also proposed a tax code overhaul that would have removed the adoption tax credit in order to simplify tax returns.

Following the Supreme Court ruling, Republican Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida said on Twitter, “I will soon introduce a proposal to support mothers and their babies so that every child has a real opportunity to pursue the promise of America.”

His proposal would allow for paid family leave, but it would require parents to use their Social Security benefits and delay retirement. It would also expand payments from the child tax credit, but not every parent would be eligible for full benefits as Biden allowed with his one-year expansion of the credit in 2021.

Announcing the framework in a Washington Examiner editorial, Rubio said, “What we need is a pro-life plan for post-Roe America.”

There would be one major tweak to the tax credit, though: Parents with “unborn” children would be eligible for the payments.

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Republished with permission of The Associated Press.

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4 comments

  • Numar Ful Naroun

    June 28, 2022 at 10:23 am

    How is the care of children the responsibility of anyone other than the parents and other family members who so undertake it? How is it that two people who, it seems, are incompetent to provide care for a child get themselves into a position in which they are making one? Is it out of sheer stupidity, lack of self-control, lack of awareness of the consequences of one’s actions, lack of concern, or confidence that the burden of a child can be shifted to an anonymous government? Is being the offspring of brainless parents the fault of the child, that it should be penalized with death? These days we can use biological methods of identify the parents of any child. If those people can’t run their own lives, and that means provide for that child, then the state will have to come in and run the lives of all three of them, even if that means depriving the parents of ALL their rights until such time as they prove they can manage them appropriately. No booze, no dope, no car, no vids, no parties, no sleeping until noon, no nuthin until you prove that you can bear up to adult responsibility.

  • PeterH

    June 28, 2022 at 11:30 am

    Currently the USA has 400,000 unwanted children migrating from one foster home to the next. A full 25% of Florida’s residents live below the poverty level with 25% surviving on Medicaid. You might think that this being Florida that the Medicaid recipients are the elderly….. but that too is a false narrative.

    Honestly it’s a joke to believe that for the first time in American history self centered Republicans will magically step up to assist mothers and their collection of unwanted children.

    Historically Republicans point their accusations of failing families at moms ….. with a complete disregard for the semen producers that were part of the unwanted pregnancy.

  • Antonio

    June 28, 2022 at 2:32 pm

    While Americans are suffering due to high gas prices and inflation, it seems the Democrat Party’s priorities are:
    1. Stop Trump from running in 2024
    2. Push abortion up to birth
    3. Ban all guns
    4. Push transgenderism on kids
    5. Push climate policies that destroy the energy sector

    And they wonder why they are loosing Independents and minorities….

  • Just a comment

    June 28, 2022 at 3:09 pm

    Commercial world of hardnesses and concrete and tar vs wilderness choices choices choices

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