Fred Armisen describes the history behind a famous piece of art by Georges Seurat titled A Sunday on La Grande Jatte.
We need more of Fred
Abortion preys on the poor. Women living at or below the federal poverty line are five times more likely to have an abortion than women living above it, as found by the Guttmacher Institute. The availability of contraception and abortion over the last forty years has made an unintended pregnancy the woman’s responsibility, rather than a shared responsibility by bothparents. This has decreased the motivation for marriage in the event of an unintended pregnancy, which in turn has decreased the risk of casual sex, ultimately resulting in an increase in the number of unintended pregnancies. This not only results in higher abortion rates among poor women, but it also results in more single-mom households, increasing a woman’s cost of living and making her poorer. This is a deeply entrenched cycle that illuminates the destructive nature of abortion in the lives of the poor. Women who have had abortions are significantly more prone to mental illness and self-harm. According to HealthResearchFunding, women who have had abortions are three times more likely to commit suicide than women of childbearing age who have not had abortions. They are 81% more likely to have mental health issues than other women. Teens who have had abortions are ten times more likely to attempt suicide than teens who have not had an abortion. To put that in perspective, eighteen percent of abortions in the U.S. are teenagers—that’s almost one fifth of all abortions in the country. These statistics are frightening and pose a serious health concern to women. Mainstream culture is finally talking about the reality of depression and other mental illnesses, but if we are truly serious about helping people, we have to be honest about the cause.
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