Thursday, March 18, 2010
Playing The Abortion/Birth Control Card
"Sen. Casey’s alternate plan will further reduce the number of abortions by:
* creating a federal Pregnancy Assistance Fund, which will receive $250 million over 10 years to provide funding for assistance to pregnant and parenting teens and college students, as well as pregnant victims of domestic violence;
* increasing federal funding for adoption by $1.2 billion over the next two years.
If there are any bubble-headed Pollyannas out there who cannot see the disparity in this, then a lot of my friends or former friends are not as bright as I thought they were. This shows just how little the mother is valued in our system. As a very astute friend put it, "this shows that adoption is the priority over family preservation."
This will make it more difficult for women in the direst of circumstances to obtain a safe, legal termination if that is needed in their case. It would be an out-of-pocket expense and would, I am sure, decrease the number of providers because the number of women who could afford it would go down. IMO, Casey is pandering to the industry and the self-righteous Right Wingers among his constituency.
Isn't is peculiar that Viagara is covered under this plan but birth control isn't? This is unacceptable.