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    AndySep 18, 2023 at 10:10 am

    Nicely done!

    While some may complain about the “far left” agenda, these are all mainstream policies supported by the majority of Americans nationwide regardless of party affiliation. It’s nice to see that at the state level, at least, the will of the people can still be a driving force in legislative action.

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    LMGSep 8, 2023 at 5:58 pm

    Austin very interestingly written. Seeing these struggling kids that overload the foster care system, parents that can’t adequately care for their children, ones that are sexually abused or juvenile delinquents, maybe you could arrange an appropriate gas chamber for them since their weren’t relieved of their future non productive life expectations that were set by your standard by being aborted. So pathetically articulated.

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      Austin HansonOct 2, 2023 at 9:18 am

      Thank you for your concern on this topic. Of course, abortion is an extremely sensitive and complicated topic, and while I didn’t initially state this in my article, I DO believe that abortion should only be used as a last resort. I took such a hard stance based on the sheer number of kids put into the foster care system because this system is extremely flawed. If there were adequate and beneficial systems set in place in America, I would of course vie for that option over abortion. However, there isn’t. The foster care system needs a complete reworking in order to be a viable first option.

      On the ethics of abortion itself, the topic becomes even more complicated, especially when so many people bring their religious beliefs into the subject. I am a strong advocate for the freedom of religion, but that also comes with the basis of the separation of church and state. Therefore, using personal religious beliefs, like many people so often do in this debate, should be considered void for the legality of abortion. Of course, you didn’t necessarily specify religious basis on your beliefs. I simply want to ask that if you were a mother who did not plan on keeping your child, whether or not you find it a greater moral breach to abort a fetus that is proven to not have developed consciousness until the 22-24 gestational week period, or to willingly put them into a system that is almost guaranteed to set them in a lower socioeconomic status where only about 3% of them go to college? Or the fact that one in five of these kids end up homeless at 18?
      Additionally, how about 70% of female foster children end up pregnant before their 21st birthday, where financial instability at such a young age runs rampant? We can debate about the moral obligations of whether or not these potential mothers should go through with birth, but can you really ignore so many statistics SHOWING that putting these kids willingly into this system leaves them disadvantaged for practically their entire lives? Forgive me for being relatively negative in my views on this complicated subject, but there are some things that you just can’t ignore.

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        Jill AdeNov 2, 2023 at 7:11 am

        Austin you have some great points in this comment. What I’m taking out of this is that when you do go to college you will choose to go into a profession that enables you to change the foster care system!! I know people who work for DCF and some that are foster parents. It’s a bad situation for everyone involved, but especially the kids! I appreciate that you know what is going on and wish you well in future endeavors to help the children. Also would you be interested in interviewing Foster parents to get a real look at what they deal with and what they do for the kids?