Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Life, death, and SSI in Iowa

This makes absolutely no sense to me:
http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2011/08/30/iowa-girl-born-after-fathers-death-not-entitled-to-benefits-appeals-court-rules/?intcmp=obnetwork.
It's bad enough that someone would make a conscious decision to conceive a child after the death of her spouse, and then expect to get SSI to help pay for the child: but for the state of Iowa to then pass a law saying, sure, that's OK as long as you do it within 2 years of the persons death? Why? SSI should pay for the unexpected, not the planned for. Talk about a nanny state!
I'm not saying the woman has no right to conceive a child using her dead husband's sperm. But she, and she alone, should then have the responsibility to pay for the rearing of that child. Not me, not you, not the government. Just her.

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