The person who forwarded this UpriseRI post to me used the subject line, “Maybe the most ridiculous thing ever written”:
Planned Parenthood of Southern New England “supports Rhode Island increasing the minimum wage to at least $15/hour by 2023 as Massachusetts has done,” reads testimony in Support of Budget Article 13, presented to the Senate Committee on Finance on February 7. …
“True reproductive freedom,” explains the testimony, “means knowing that when you make the choice to raise a child, you and your family will have at least the minimum economic supports and resources to ensure that child has a great start in life.”
Certainly, I thought, if Planned Parenthood is taking a stand against poverty wages in support of families and children, then groups like Rhode Island Right to Life, the Roman Catholic Diocese of Providence, the Knights of Columbus and the Gaspee Project must also be keen to demonstrate their support for increasing the minimum wage.
The post’s headline is, “Anti-choice groups silent on issues of real importance to children and families,” which raises the humorous one of three reactions I had to the post. According to progressives like Steve Ahlquist, to be “pro-choice” is to believe that women should have the right to have their children killed, but not to agree to work for a penny less than the government tells them is enough. An employer should have the right to choose to snuff out a child’s life because he or she will inconvenience her business, but she cannot choose to give a teenager a shot at a low-end job by lowering the pay to reflect his or her experience and risk.
Less humorous is the grotesquery of Planned Parenthood’s attempt to jam the complete left-wing agenda into its narrow mandate. An organization defined by its business line of killing unborn children presumes to support a public policy in order to help those who manage to survive its defining trade.
Downright disturbing, however, is Ahlquist’s religious fanaticism with the following:
Well, color me disappointed, because it turns out the Gaspee Project, despite all scientific and economic evidence, believes that raising the minimum wage hurts children and families! This is akin to believing that vaccines don’t work, or that the earth is flat, or that man co-existed with dinosaurs, (as seen on The Flintstones.) I mean, it’s just plain stupid, but they believe it, apparently.
Note that he doesn’t make the case that the minimum wage is on net beneficial to children and families. He doesn’t even provide a link. Instead, he simply insists that all evidence supports his claim. That’s nothing but an assertion of faith. And you must share this faith, or you’ll face the progressive ridicule in which he dabbles above. In other words, being pro-choice apparently means being unable to choose to disagree with UpriseRI’s resident scientific and economic genius.
Apparently, Ahlquist is becoming more zealous as he ages. Back in 2014, he at least would link to research when making claims about the minimum wage. Unfortunately, I can’t find an article I wrote somewhere along the line about that same study, but the point, here, is that on scientific and economic grounds, its findings are (at the very least) debatable.
Sadly, debate is apparently out of fashion among progressives, and it isn’t hard to understand why. I mean, their worldview requires them to be fearful of laws that prevent the killing and dismemberment of unborn children after their heartbeats can be detected. Scientific advancement has made it undeniable that an abortion kills a unique human life, and that’s a reality that true believers must deny.