All pregnant women should get $2,000 extra on taxes
Roe vs Wade: Dear IRS, accept all the 1040-X forms for 2021 and beyond
Writer’s note: This post was originally published on Medium’s “We Need to Talk” on July 9, 2022.
Smart women bring me great joy. I’m talking about the kind of joy you see on that “Roc” meme that black folks happily use from that 1991 to 1994 sitcom. My latest “Roc” reaction is to Brandy Bottone for calling out the ridiculousness of the Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe vs. Wade.
If you haven’t seen the Dallas Morning News report, Bottone is 34 weeks pregnant and was ticketed $215 for driving on U.S. Highway 75 South in Plano, Texas. According to the report, she moved to the high-occupancy vehicle (HOV) lane, which is supposed to only be used by two passengers (or more).
She didn’t want to be late to pick up her son, and she used that lane knowing it could get her to her child’s destination faster. An officer stopped her, looked around and asked if there was anybody else in the car. They could only see her.
And her response was to point to her stomach and say, “My baby girl is right here. She is a person.”
After the officer clarified that there must be two people in the car, she again reminded him she was pregnant. She told the officer that according to the overturning of Roe vs. Wade, this “living child” was her second passenger.
I love this energy. It points to the hypocrisy of how the government wants women to have children (willingly or unwillingly) while not making any move to financially care for this decision. From the problems with paid maternity (and paternity) leave to the ginormous expenses of childbirth, education, dental and medical health, baby formula (still a shortage), all the way up to the college years and beyond.