Editor’s note: Ahead of the 49th anniversary of the Roe v. Wade Supreme Court decision on Jan. 22, Angelus invited several Catholic pro-life advocates to weigh in on what pro-life advocacy should look like if the Court overturns Roe later this year. Their essays can be found here and in the Jan. 28 print issue of Angelus.
In 2019, 1 in 6 California households that had a baby reported a family income under the poverty line — $25,750 for a family of four. Put another way, about 96,000 households who welcomed a baby reported an annual income of $35,000 or less.
As every parent, grandparent, aunt, uncle, or friend knows, those bundles of joy are priceless — but they are not costless. And for many women who find themselves unexpectedly pregnant, economic concerns start to weigh heavily.