WASHINGTON, D.C., April 26 – In an unexpected surprise announcement, Representative Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA), during questioning of American Federation of Teachers president Randi Weingarten, suggested unwanted pregnancies should be terminated as opposed to being raised by women or men who were not their biological parents.
You probably missed this story because it is not true. That is not EXACTLY what she said. But she might as well have. Here is what Greene actually did say to Weingarten during a hearing on the continuing effects of the coronavirus pandemic on students and teachers.
MTG: Are you a mother?
RW: I am a mother by marriage. And my wife is here with me, so I’m really glad that she’s here.
MTG: I see. People like you need to admit that you’re just a political activist, not a teacher, not a mother, and not a medical doctor.
Wait, is this is the same Marjorie Taylor Greene who claims there are thousands of adults, ready and willing to adopt the unwanted children the Supreme Court and GOP legislators demand must be carried to term? Now she questions the ability of those same women and men to provide a caring and nurturing environment for these infants. I normally would not risk “mansplaining” an issue to a member of the opposite sex, but in this case, I will make an exception.
Ms. Greene, the only thing EVERY biological mother has in common, is that they produced a child via intercourse. There are no mandated eligibility criteria, background checks or required training to become a parent. Think of it like the gun laws in your home state. Fortunately, the overwhelming majority accept the responsibility from that act, providing a loving and safe environment for their offspring. Some, however, do not fulfill that obligation resulting in the emotional or physical harm or even the death of an innocent child. Do the names Susan Smith, Andrea Yates and Casey Anthony, all biological mothers, ring a bell?
In contrast, EVERY adoptive parent makes a conscious decision to take on the responsibilities of raising a child. There are no “accidental adoptions.” They are subjected to background checks. Have strangers scout out their homes to ensure the child will have a safe and healthy setting. They often persevere through false starts or wait more than nine months to realize their dream. Becoming an adoptive parent can be excruciating, which makes the rewards of success more cherished.
When the late Colin Powell founded America’s Promise, pulling together more than 400 private, non-profit and public sector partners “to improve the lives of children and youth,” he never talked about biology. Instead, his goal was to ensure every boy and girl had a “responsible, caring adult in their lives.”
I will give former RNC chairman Michael Steele the last word. He posted the following response to Representative Greene on his Twitter page.
“…not a biological mother…?” Well @RepMTG, the woman who adopted me, cared for me, raised me, loved me, inspired me, disciplined me, educated me and at 95 still smiles when I walk in the room didn’t need biology to be my mother. #Adoption
For what it’s worth.
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Thank you! Although I don’t always remember to say Thank you – I do always look forward to yet another good post! Keep ’em coming, please!
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