The Spark

the Voice of
The Communist League of Revolutionary Workers–Internationalist

“The emancipation of the working class will only be achieved by the working class itself.”
— Karl Marx

“Trigger” States Have Already Failed to Provide

May 9, 2022

Thirteen states have “trigger laws” that would ban abortion immediately if Roe v. Wade were overturned. Anti-choice politicians try to claim that abortion is not a necessary choice because they will ensure that babies will be well looked after in their post-Roe v. Wade world. A quick look at the current conditions for mothers in those thirteen “trigger law” states shows just what a lie that is. Here are some facts:

In those states, the rates of uninsured women and maternal deaths are among the highest in the country. None of those states has guaranteed paid leave for new mothers. Women there are paid lower than in other states—$24,000 or $25,000 median per year. Quality child care is not easy to find, and in some cases is very expensive.

If the politicians in these states were serious about wanting to care for the children who would be born in those states, they would already have mandated all of those things for mothers: quality health care, paid family leave, and good pay. The fact that they haven’t, and currently have the worst ratings of all, is proof enough that they’re lying through their teeth when they say they care about the children.