Nothing, and I mean nothing, is more reassuring to a woman with an unwanted pregnancy than hearing two men debate whether or not to pay women to carry their pregnancies to term. Who better to make these important policy decisions? Don’t miss the part in which Steven Waldman of Beliefnet suggests to Will “Is it Wrong to Murder an Abortionist?” Saletan that they pay pregnant women a whole one thousand dollars to deliver the baby, and then in the next minute wonders if that would set up “perverse incentives” that would encourage women to get pregnant just to collect that whole one thousand dollars!
Man–what I wouldn’t do for a whole one thousand dollars! I think I’ll go get myself pregnant tonight! Being pregnant for 9 months, dealing with the homicidal hunger, exhaustion, and nausea of early pregnancy, then the swelling, heartburn, and exhaustion of later pregnancy (not to mention the risks of gestational diabetes, months of bed rest, high blood pressure, or other much more dangerous conditions) is soooo much easier than teaching a summer class or reviewing a couple of book manuscripts. Because I really am a completely brainless idiot who will do anything for money, and there’s absolutely no larger social or political context for my pregnancy that needs to be considered.
Did you notice that they didn’t invite any pro-choice people or XX chromosome types to this “debate?” I wonder why! Insulting “debates” like this one completely miss the point that pregnancy is work, and debating which trivial sum to offer women is hardly a recgonition of that fact. How about if we assume that people in this country are free either to accept a job, or not, and are free at any point to walk away if they don’t like the terms and conditions? This is why I’ve always thought that pro-choicers made a huge mistake in not basing their constitutional arguments on the 13th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.