Paying for abortions adds up

The Tuesday letter, “Family planning saves us millions,” needs correction. Rather than “saving the state millions of dollars in unplanned pregnancy costs,” the truth is that the state of Washington pays roughly $25 million for birth control and for other related issues to Planned Parenthood.

Every year for the past nine years, Washington state spent on average more than $7 million directly to pay for abortions through the Medicaid program. These facts are definitively stated by the Washington State Health and Recovery Services Administration in its report dated April 8, 2010. How does it happen that we become so misinformed?

Washington is just one of a handful of states that uses tax money to pay for abortions. Almost half of all the abortions in our state are now paid for with taxpayers’ money. In light of this, here are some legitimate questions to ponder:

1) With a multi-billion-dollar state deficit, how can Olympia be spending $7 million to subsidize the abortion industry?

2) Why is Olympia cutting education funding while not touching the abortion industry subsidies?

Don’t you think it is time and necessary for the citizens of Washington to hold the state legislators accountable for such irresponsibility?

Kenneth D. Oliver


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