So I wanted to say something about being barefoot and pregnant and relate it to the Alabama vote banning all abortions after six weeks. I found a nice little website that very succinctly states the facts about a state that already seems to have a good chunk of its population if not pregnant, then certainly barefoot. The surest way to poverty has always been teenage pregnancy. Or pregnancy after already having a boatload of kids. Or pregnancy after losing a job. Apparently, this is a state which feels a real need to keep its population impoverished, by law.
According to Al.com, although 68 per cent of women in Alabama are white, 65 per cent of all abortions involve black women. This is worth mentioning as any abortion ban will affect women of color. In an Age of Black Lives Matter and #MeToo, the race to reverse Roe Versus Wade is a real slap in the face. The Abortion ban puts government right smack where it doesn’t belong-in the bedroom, in the living room, in the den, in the kitchen. It’s forcing childcare on women who can’t afford it, not to mention sacrifice and expense necessary to raise a child because of a decision made by a man. Yes, a man who should have kept his you know what out of you know where.
Only half of Alabama’s 67 counties have an obstetrician.
Infant care for a single child in Alabama takes up an average of 11 percent of a family’s income. According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, child care costs are unaffordable when they exceed 7 percent of a family’s income.
Single mothers in Alabama spend 29 percent of their income on childcare costs.
Child care costs for families with two children—an infant and a four year old—cost 28 percent more than the average rent in the state.
About 88 percent of Alabama’s rural hospitals are operating “in the red.”
Alabama has the second highest infant mortality rate in the country.
Alabama rejected the Medicaid expansion under the Affordable Care Act, despite support for the expansion from the Alabama Hospital Association.
Alabama’s child food insecurity rate is 22.5 percent. The national average is 17.5 percent.
There are no maternity leave or family leave laws in the state of Alabama.
Alabama is the sixth poorest state in the country, its most impoverished regions are predominantly black.