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When Texas Punished Planned Parenthood
Posted - 12/11/2012 9:37:43 AM | show profile | flag this post
Lawmakers left taxpayers with a huge bill.
"When state lawmakers passed a two-year budget in 2011 that moved $73 million from family planning services to other programs, the goal was largely political: halt the flow of taxpayer dollars to Planned Parenthood clinics.
"[The latest state government report now shows] poor women will deliver an estimated 23,760 more babies than they would have, as a result of their reduced access to state-subsidized birth control. The additional cost to taxpayers is expected to be as much as $273 million...."
Now, the far right likes to tell us they are all about eliminating costs and keeping taxes and spending under control.
But the priority here was to punish a program -- birth control -- they don't believe in and call it "fiscal responsibility."
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Posted - 12/11/2012 12:03:12 PM | show profile | flag this post
I understand right wingers' opposition to
abortion. Yes, I get it, though I don't agree with these cranky old men wanting to get in between a woman and her doctor in medical decisions.
That being said, opposition to birth control is such an extreme position. Birth control is abortion prevention. If there is no unwanted pregnancy, there is no need for an abortion NOR are there tax dollars going to to the dismal support and care of another child a family cannot support nor afford. PLANNED PARENTHOOD means a family tries to get pregnant WHEN they are ready to expand their family. That doesn't mean "surprises" aren't loved, but an additional unplanned child may send a family into financial peril ... creating a family who may need governmental support. If all you "let's slash aid for all born children" republicans are fine with adding to the financial obligations of our government to pay for support of these children, GREAT.
It's put up or shut up time. Don't just fight for the "unborn" or those who "might be born if you don't block the pregnancy". Fight to save and protect the BORN children. If the family needs financial support, support them. Make sure the child has a quality education future. Make sure the child you are fighting to not have aborted, the child YOU don't want to block from being conceived by blocking access to birth control, is brought up in a secure, loving, financially able family. If that means sending financial aid to those families, you have better be the head f'n cheerleader.
For families who choose to have planned and/or unplanned children ... may God bless you and may you vote in the best interest of your children.
Posted - 12/11/2012 12:57:58 PM | show profile | flag this post
First, on Planned Parenthood;
Rember this Gem of a GOP moment from last year:
"Last week, Senator Jon Kyl (R-Ariz.) received a fusillade of criticism when he took to the Senate floor to declare that abortion was "well over 90 percent of what Planned Parenthood does." That criticism soon turned to ridicule after his office responded by releasing a statement that said that "his remark was not intended to be a factual statement."
No shit. But etaoin?? Your line "Now, the far right likes to tell us they are all about eliminating costs and keeping taxes and spending under control" We know that's not true at all when it comes to Pentagon spending.
But we also know that "the far right likes to tell us they are all about..." keeping Government out of our lives. And we all know that's not true either--if it was they wouldn't call for a Constitutional Amendement banning abortion. Or against Gay marriage. Or flag burning. Or 'birth citizenship'. "Republicans have proposed at least 42 Constitutional amendments in the current Congress". Yea. That's leaving us alone.