Cradle My Heart Radio discusses giving cash to give birth. Join us Sunday 2/2 at 9 pm ET
In the 1880’s Vincent Van Gogh once helped a pregnant woman abandoned by her lover. According to Wikimedia:
In letter to his brother Theo, he says: “Last winter I met a pregnant woman, deserted by the man whose child she was carrying. A pregnant woman who walked the streets in the winter — she had her bread to earn, you’ll know how. I took that woman on as a model and have worked with her all winter. I couldn’t pay her a model’s full daily wages, but I paid her rent all the same, and thus far, thank God, I have been able to save her and her child from hunger and cold by sharing my own bread with her.”
You can view the striking image Van Gogh titled “Sorrow” created to tell her story here.
The need for social support is still at the heart of most abortion decisions today. And money is the driving factor behind the vast majority of abortions; the Guttmacher Institutue reports 73% of women who abort say they can’t afford a baby.
But, what if someone were to be like Vincent, providing pregnant women with support and even a cash payment designed to carry them through the short-term financial crisis of pregnancy and giving birth?
Save Unborn Life is a nonprofit organization doing just that. Working through referrals from pregnancy help center, SUL contracts for a payment of $3000 to women who agree to care for themselves properly during pregnancy and give birth.
National Review Online recently featured SUL’s President Laura Merriott and some of the women the organization has helped. The article noted that there are over 100 groups offering cash to women to pay for abortion procedures. What if all those who oppose abortion would fund this effort to help women financially?
The idea is not new. Governments worldwide are using incentives to correct falling birth rates. Cash payments and other benefits are offered in Taiwan. The Wall Street Journal reports that Japan pays $3,300 as a birth incentive. Baby bonus nations include France, Germany, Spain and Italy; Scandinavian nations offer 18-month maternity benefits and other incentives.
What do you think of a nonprofit stepping in to help the individual woman in need?
Please share your thoughts in the comments section here! And join the conversation Sunday night.