Sadly, abortion supporters will look at this as a function of financial and social inequality, when in reality, it is a function of the legacy of 34 years of legal abortion/infanticide and the inevitable devaluation of children as an important and fundamental resource of our society. I call it "The Culture of the Disposable Child".
If, after 34 years, abortion has failed to solve all social ills, as it was promised and is still promised to do, then why is it still touted as "The Answer"? Why is it still tolerated? Why hasn't it been properly analyzed and critiqued as to whether it is a legitimate vehicle of social engineering? I submit to you that it IS an effective vehicle of social engineering...of the worst kind. It has successfully reduced the morals of this country to the lowest common denominator, requiring the bare minimum of our government, of our medical providers, of our mothers, AND of our fathers. After all, isn't it easier to just ELIMINATE a group of people that may be more susceptible to problems than it is to solve the actual problems? Abortion is simply and purely a function of laziness and apathy, which inevitably carries over to affect the lives of BORN children in the long run. This was not the initial goal of legalizing abortion, but it has become the reality of this poorly thought out policy.
Since abortion was legalized in 1973; child abuse/murder rates are up; rates of sexual abuse of children are up; teen sex rates are up; teen pregnancy rates are up; STD rates are up; child poverty rates have increased; the number of deadbeat dads is up; violence BY children is up; teen drug, alcohol, and smoking rates are up; teen suicide rates are up; breast cancer rates are up (more info); infertility rates among women are up; rates of depression and suicide among women are up: the social security system is in crisis because we're not replacing tax-paying workers quickly enough to continue to pay for the elderly who are living longer than ever thanks to medical advances.
It's amazing to me that our society labels the practice of abortion as "beyond reproach"...it's just more of the same...ideology trumping other truly sound policies.
"No man is justified in doing evil on the ground of expediency."
- Theodore Roosevelt (1858 - 1919), 'The Strenuous Life,' 1900