The simple truth to having children that grow to be educated, productive members of society is having two parents involved in their upbringing. Children raised by single mothers have lower education attainment, higher rates of substance abuse, higher rates of criminal behavior. We have stopped, even assaulted, this simple fact as being outdated.
Providing free contraception requires the women to actually be responsible in using them, at present low costs and other methods being available; we haven’t enforced responsibility. Fifty years after the pill became available, we have seen single motherhood go from rare to normal. Normalization of deviance is the safety engineering term of art.
Ok, I agree single motherhood is not great for children, I agree that free birth control won't be effective unless it is actually used, I agree the pill has been around for a while, and I agree that single motherhood is more prevalent.
I don't see how that all ties in together. First, yeah, if you provide free birth control, some percent less than 100% is going to use it, but some percent will, and that percent might not have before, blah blah, net gain is less unwanted kids or abortions. So far, so good right?
Then we get the whole rugged individualism and responsibility vs having the government give you stuff. We can debate the finer points and I'm probably to the left of you, but I think the ideal is a basic, basic
safety net that enables people to live healthy and not on the streets, and equality of opportunity
not outcome. If you don't want to put in work about the minimum, you'll get the minimum in life.
That being said, I'm willing to "coddle" people or "pay for free stuff" and "absolve them of responsibility" when the consequence for screwing this up is a "see? You screwed up! Learn from your lesson! Life is tough" PLUS
the killing of an unborn child or an unwanted kid growing up on our tax dollars.
Again, what is the detailed policy alternative? It seems to be vague attempts to "get people to be more responsible" and all, but how? What can we put into place to actually affect change? We can preach away about being sexually responsible but it really doesn't do anything, at all, just leads to more abortions and more children on welfare and more tax money spent on it. That really is the alternative unless, again, you simply don't pay for these kids and have them literally starve. What is the detailed piece of policy?
Edit: are you saying that if we do offer free BC, it won't do good since it has already been available and people haven't been responsible before so why would they now? I mean you'd probably have some people doing that sadly, but I think you'd only see a (dramatic) increase in contraception and decrease in unintended pregnancies