In her Nov. 20 letter, Joanna Nassett writes that "It is not OK to bring a child into this world if you are not able to care for it financially and emotionally." What gives Nassett, or anyone else, the right to tell poor women that they can't have children?
Reproduction is instinctual. I've read that about 80 percent of women want children. I'm a man, but for the women I've known their children are the center of their lives. Everything else comes second. If we deny low-wage, working-class women the right to have children, what is left for them to live for?
People usually have babies in their early 20s. At that age they are optimistic, live in the present and have no real concept of the future. No one says to themselves at that age, "Well, looks like I'm going to be stuck in low-wage work for life, so guess I'd better not have kids."
Instead of blaming the poor for having children, middle-class people should look at their own complicity in maintaining a poorly paid servant class in the U.S. that they exploit for cheap goods and services. We are tired of supporting you.
Here is the letter I was responding to:
Add irresponsible procreation
I just wrote out a check to FOOD for Lane County. My heart aches for the children who are hungry through no fault of their own; it definitely falls under the category of one of life's big injustices.
I have been following the recent series on hunger in The Register-Guard and am not surprised that the main reasons listed for Oregon's hunger rate are low-wage jobs, the high cost of housing, layoffs, the economy, etc., etc. When, oh when, is someone going to call a spade a spade and add irresponsible procreation to that list?
It is not OK to bring a child into this world if you are not able to care for it financially and emotionally. Period. This is not a Third World country where birth control is unavailable. If a person doesn't have the wherewithal to walk into a drug store and purchase a box of condoms for 10 bucks before having sex, we probably don't want him or her procreating anyway.
This is bound to step on some toes in this politically correct era, but for crying out loud - when one reads article after article about financially strapped families with three, four, five or more kids, isn't it time to call in the hero of the comics, Obvious Man? Come on, folks, it's time to put responsibility back where it belongs and stop sanctioning thoughtless procreation.
JOANNA D. NASSET