August 12, 2022

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Mothers forced to give birth have little safety net in Texas


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And are fathers going to be compelled to step up, too?

And are fathers going to be compelled to step up, too?


Who will help the mothers?

It looks like Texans who oppose abortion rights are going to get their wish. Will Texas provide birth control for those who want it? Will Texas support mothers of children without responsible fathers, or just leave mothers on their own to take care of the children they bear? Will Texas step up and fully fund the Children’s Health Insurance Program and provide health care for Mom as well? Will Texas hold the man responsible for the child to pay his fair share?

I doubt it. Moms of these children will have to do it alone.

– Jerry Coover, Fort Worth

It’s all progressives’ fault

Mississippi passed a law barring abortion after 15 weeks of pregnancy. Progressives sued because they thought the Mississippi law was unconstitutional. If you’re not happy with Roe v. Wade possibly being struck down, find a progressive woman and give her a hug and a big thank-you for getting it overturned.

– Gene Tignor, Emory

The realities of what may come

If Roe v. Wade is overturned and Texas bans virtually all abortions, the state must prepare for the consequences.

A high percentage of women seeking abortions are single mothers with one or more dependent children. There will be an increase in babies born to lower-income women who lack health insurance and are not financially prepared to care for another child. More babies will be born weighing too little and requiring extended neonatal care. There will be an increase in malnutrition among families with multiple children.

Texas leads the nation in the percentage of residents without health care and has one of the weakest social safety nets overall. The financial and social cost will be high.

– Karen Myers, Fort Worth

Time to leave the Grangers alone

I keep reading downbeat articles about J.D. Granger and his wife working at the Tarrant Regional Water District, and I keep wondering what it is they are being charged with. (April 28, 11A, “Cronyism just never stops at the Tarrant water district that runs Panther Island project”) When she was hired for Trinity River Vision, she was not related to him. They both did the jobs they were hired to do in an exemplary way.

The way I read it, he was ready to leave the agency when the bad publicity was causing distress for the project and was persuaded to stay longer to help with transitioning because of his knowledge and expertise. His financial reports always seemed to be in order. Nobody was stealing. If there is no crime, the press should stop insinuating that there is. These are decent people being tried and punished in the press.

– Wanda Conlin, Fort Worth

No sense with street designs

The redesign of West 7th Street couldn’t be more poorly planned. Some very contradictory decisions make it plain that the city engineer applied a cut-and-paste approach to planning rather than using good judgment.

Protected bike lanes have been installed, but they don’t connect to anything and retain multiple points of conflict with traffic. Traffic lights aren’t synchronized or equipped with sensors, making traffic abysmal even without construction. The logjam intersection of University, 7th and Camp Bowie is the world’s most obvious candidate for a roundabout, but I know of no plans to make it one.

If the city actually cared about improving West 7th, it would’ve taken a comprehensive approach to its redesign rather than slapping on cosmetic changes.

– Clay Johnson, Keller