Sometimes, it is simply not financially viable to raise a child – especially one you didn’t want to have anyway. It’s cold, pragmatic math. If you cannot afford to have a child and raise it properly, then you should consider yourself in the market for an abortion.
As any sane financial advisor Perth will tell you, a child is not an investment. Any returns you see from one will not be financial in nature. They’ll be emotional.
Now, let’s move on to the cold numbers, setting aside the emotional factor for a moment. The cost of having a baby is high before you even account for the money needed to raise one. Just the first year alone is going to see an increase in daily expenses that boggles the mind.
Let’s start with the obvious. You need prenatal care and delivery.
Prenatal care can involve a lot. You’re looking at regular consultations to check on the health of the child. Ultrasound and other examinations will be used to determine development. You might need to take supplements, just in case.
This is on top of fancier things like Pilates or other exercises.
Not everyone has access to a midwife or anyone who knows how to deliver a child. Most people will want a professional on hand, in the event of complications. Then there’s all the care that goes to the mother before the baby even comes out.
You’re looking at a period of up to several months when the mother is unable to do any work. That’s a dent out of your income. A bigger dent is the money needed to provide care, making sure the baby makes it to term.
Beyond giving birth, there is the cost of raising the child.
You’re looking at daycare costs – someone has to keep an eye on the kid while you’re at work and they’re too young for school. There’s the cost of necessities, such as diapers, milk, and clothes. There is medical care to make sure they pass that critical first year.
All of this adds up to a huge expense. Sudden pregnancies are problematic because of the sheer cost, with most people being completely unprepared for it financially. This can be true even if they are ready for it in every other respect.
From the moment someone becomes pregnant, they need to tie up their financial loose ends. They need to cut away luxuries, focus on the necessities and on utilities. This is far from easy, and there’s more than one person out there who will fail at this.
There is also the element of practical matters. How much do you expect to spend on maternity clothes? How much money is going to go into baby-proofing the living space? Do you have the space for a child or do you need to move?
As we’ve noted repeatedly, the finances don’t lie. If you can’t afford to have a baby or raise one, then there’s no working around it. It is a cold calculation, but if you can’t handle a baby financially, abortion should be a major consideration.