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  •  There is a public cost... (4+ / 0-)

    ....to allowing homes that lack a shelter, too.

    Death is only one thing that can happen to the inhabitants of such a home. They could also be critically injured, rendered unable to work or even to live without extensive and expensive support. They could become unbalanced and unemployable because of post-traumatic stress and survivor guilt. Broken people cost money. A lot of money. The state is justified in trying to prevent such outcomes, even on strictly economic terms.

    As for cost of construction, why not give those with low incomes very long term, interest-free government loans? These might be paid off by a small fraction of the homeowner's income per year, or when the house is sold.

    How odd that such things are even debated in a part of the country where I'm sure "Choose Life!" is a popular slogan. One would think it applies outside the womb as well.

    "They smash your face in, and say you were always ugly." (Solzhenitsyn)

    by sagesource on Wed May 22, 2013 at 11:47:42 AM PDT

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    •  You would think so (1+ / 0-)
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      But of course it doesn't, because the concern is not about the fetus, it's about forcing girls and women to be punished for having sex by forcing them to give birth with no help, and to take care of the offspring with no help.

      That way they will have to seek out men with money who will support them, and put up with the abuse the men with money inflict on them.

      Women create the entire labor force. ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Sympathy is the strongest instinct in human nature. - Charles Darwin

      by splashy on Wed May 22, 2013 at 12:17:01 PM PDT

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