You know what might stop unplanned pregnancies? Stripping away money for family-planning services. This may not make sense to you, but it does to Kansas lawmakers (think the ones with fetus pins on their lapels and R's behind their names), who want to do what those in the national party couldn't do: Strip federal funding from villain du jour Planned Parenthood.
Kansas Republicans want to take $300,000 in federal funds earmarked for Planned Parenthood and give the money to state and local health clinics, the Star reported. Gov. Sam Brownback has already proposed getting rid of the funding in his 2012 budget. "Gov. Brownback, along with the overwhelming majority of Kansans,
opposes taxpayer subsidy of abortions," Brownback spokeswoman
Sherriene Jones-Sontag told the Star. Except the money cannot be used to pay for abortions.
From the Star:
So poor women, the state of Kansas doesn't want you to have access to contraception so you can prevent an unplanned pregnancy. Let's never forget that sex in the state of Kansas is always for conception.
The money pays for family-planning services for low-income women. It
also helps pay for contraception, pap smears and cancer screenings,
among other things. It's against federal law to use the money for
"If that money is taken away from Planned Parenthood, fewer low-income
people would get family-planning services in Kansas, more will get
pregnant and more will have abortions,"
Peter Brownlie, president of Planned Parenthood of Kansas and
Mid-Missouri, told the Star.
That doesn't seem to phase Kansans for Life's legislative director, Kathy Ostrowski, who told the Star that she welcomes more unplanned pregnancies.
"The use of mandated taxes to support it is especially indefensible when
more families than ever before are seeking to adopt children,"
Ostrowski told the Star.
See, ladies. Your right to choose is really just two choices: Keep the baby or give it up for adoption.