Richard M. Doerflinger, USCCB: "Poverty and the hopelessness it can bring into people’s lives is a major factor in the abortion rate. In one study by the Guttmacher Institute, women on Medicaid had twice the abortion rate of other women, even in states that fund childbirth but not abortions."
Mark Shriver: "Before President Johnson and my dad started making deep investments in anti-poverty programs like Head Start, about one quarter of all children and the elderly lived in poverty. Ten years later, that number dropped to about 15 percent for both groups. The elderly poverty rate kept decreasing and is now at a historic … Continue reading Childhood Poverty in the United States: Get Off Our Butts!
Washington Post: "Child poverty rates reached 22 percent in 2010, up from 20.7 percent in 2009 and 16.2 percent in 2000, according to a September report from the U.S. Census Bureau. Between 2000 and 2009, the number of children living in poverty increased from 13.1 million to 15.5 million, according to the Annie E. Casey … Continue reading The new face of American poverty is often a child’s
Vibe Ghana: "Organizers credit Mr. Kufuor with slashing the hunger rate in Ghana from 34 percent in 1990 to 9 percent in 2004. They praise Mr. da Silva with helping ensure more than 90 percent of Brazil’s children ate three meals a day, while reducing the rate of extreme poverty from 12 percent in 2003 … Continue reading Food Prize Honors Former Ghanaian, Brazilian Presidents
USCCB: "We fear the human and social costs of substantial cuts to programs that serve families working to escape poverty, especially food and nutrition, child development and education, and affordable housing. We also fear the costs of undermining international assistance which is an essential tool to promote human life and dignity, advance solidarity with poorer … Continue reading Catholic Bishops Fear the Human and Social Costs of GOP Budget Cuts
Steve Schneck: "At the beginning of life, Medicaid also pays for about one-third of all births in America. Maybe you know a scared young mom who needed such help. If you are pro-life, like me you realize what support for these births can mean. Or maybe, like I do, you have a friend who lost … Continue reading DFLA Board Member Steve Schneck takes on Paul Ryan
Nicholas Kristof: "And Ms. Finiba, eight months pregnant and starving? With the help of Helen Keller International we were able to get her food and, it seems, medical care. But rising food prices may put millions more into Ms. Finiba’s sandals, just as donor countries’ budgets are under pressure. We need more people raising Ms. … Continue reading Face to Face With a Mother’s Pain