Minimum Wage Earners on Today's Oprah, South Dakota's Abortion Ban on Tonight's NOW
Oprah has been doing great programming on poverty, our poor education system and teenage girls who dumb themselves down to attract boys. She still does shows about dieting and makeovers, but you have to give her credit for exposing social issues to millions of viewers (mostly middle aged women) around the world. If she only focused on these kinds of issues, half of her audience would probably tune out.
Today's program focuses on the thirty million Americans who currently live on minimum wage, which has been $5.15 an hour for the past nine years. Republicans would like you to believe that all minimum wage earners are teenagers working at fast food joints, but that's not the case:
Supporting one child on minimum wage is hard enough, but imagine feeding a family of six with only $16,800 a year. Brian and Mary are faced with this reality every day.I wonder if Oprah will mention the fact that every year, Democrat-sponsored bills to raise the wage are killed by Republicans. Probably not. She tends to steer clear of naming parties.
Brian, who draws blood and does lab work at a local hospital, makes $9.22 an hour. Annually, he makes $9,000 less than the federal poverty level and still manages to provide for his wife and four daughters. His wife Mary had to quit her job after one of their daughters was diagnosed with autism, and that's when their financial situation turned desperate.
The Templeton family does not qualify for Medicaid and they have no health insurance. Medical bills keep piling up. The last bill they received was for $5,000.
And Tonight's NOW focuses on South Dakota's Abortion Ban:
South Dakota's Alpha Center, headed by Leslee Unruh, is one of dozen clinics across the state that provides what they call 'post abortion counseling.' "There is no freedom after abortion. You carry an empty crib in your heart forever," Unruh said.
One of the center's clients, a young woman named Carrie, attributed her stress to the abortion she had when she was 21. She is now married and the mother of three children. "Taking a life is considered murder...sometimes I think I should take myself down to jail," Carrie said.
NOW attended the Alpha Center's 'Purity Ball' in which young girls in South Dakota pledge their chastity to their fathers in an effort to abstain from pre-marital sex.
In age where the lines of politics, personal ethics, and religion are blurred, NOW asks the question: When is it appropriate for personal morality to become government policy?