Monday, August 6, 2007

Kill kids, save tax $$, says Planned Parenthood

From the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel"Medicaid-paid births on rise":

"Chris Taylor, public policy director for Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin, said it's fiscally irresponsible to restrict [taxpayer-funded] access to family planning services, because it could lead to higher birth costs through Medicaid."

Whether or not one supports federal funding for such "family planning services," the argument that contraception and abortion should be funded because they cost taxpayers less money than childbirth is repugnant and an insult to human dignity.


  •  Heritage Foundation researcher Michael J. New found that, in states where Medicaid is not permitted to pay for abortions except in cases of rape or where the mother's life is threatened, the abortion rate for girls between the ages of 13 and 17 went down by an average of 2.34 abortions per 1,000 females.

  • The Abstinence Clearinghouse, on very eye-straining page, offers some interesting data on contraception funding and abstinence-ed funding in relation to out-of-wedlock births to teens between 1940 and 2007. On a similarly eyestraining page (which is unfortunately missing a cited link to external data) the organization notes a significant drop in preteen births that coincides with increased funding for abstinence ed.