Friday, June 11, 2010

California's (Botched) Priorities

I was shocked to learn that while California teeters on bankruptcy and writes IOU's to companies/contractors it owes is still paying 39% of all abortions in the state. Approximately 23 million dollars in taxpayer money (but note that California's Planned Parenthood brought in a cool BILLION in revenue last year).

"Every year, pro-life advocates have tried to amend the state budget to remove the funding for as many as 80,000 abortions annually. That's about 7 percent of the total number of abortions done nationwide -- and all paid for at the expense of California taxpayers.

The California Catholic Conference has also worked to stop tax-funded abortions.

"Medi-Cal pays for 39 percent of all abortions in California. Planned Parenthood organizations receive one-third of their funding from government grants and contracts," the group says.

According to Planned Parenthood's latest report, abortions increased to 305,310 abortions, up from 289,750 in 2006. That is despite the total government grants and contracts received by PPFA affiliates from government sources including state, local and federal governments increasing from $337 million to $350 million.

Looking at Planned Parenthood data from 1997 to the present, the increase in government funding corresponds with an increase in the number of abortions.

In 1997, Planned Parenthood did about 160,000 abortions and received approximately $160 million in total taxpayer funding from various levels of government. Both the number of abortions and the amount of money received from government, supposedly for family planning to reduce abortions, has doubled since then..." (source)

Disgusting. This is a travesty whether you agree with the 'practice' of abortion or not. To have a state on the verge of collapse, but refusing to cut programs like this...or trans-gender reassignment counseling...?! Did the Left learn nothing from watching the dissolution of Greece? What other 'necessities' is California funding while legitimate workers' families go without their paychecks? REPUBLICANS Arnold Schwarzenegger and Meg Whitman (gubernatorial candidate) should lose their GOP credentials as this insistence on paying for 'social services' such as this violates BOTH fiscal and social Conservative values...

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