Where’s our money going?

A story on an L.A. Times blog from yesterday caught my attention: Unintended pregnancies among women below the poverty line increased 50% from 1994 (still in the early Clinton presidency) to 2006.  Among women in higher income brackets, the rate of unintended pregnancy actually fell during that same time period by 29%. 

When I read this story, I couldn’t help but think of the current debates about government spending and deficits – particularly the recent debates concerning government funding of Planned Parenthood.

In the words of  Mike Pence: “The reality is that Planned Parenthood receives hundreds of millions of taxpayer dollars from federal funding sources other than Title X. Of the $363 million they received last year, according to the GAO, only $53 million of that was from Title X.”

$363 million last year – That’s almost a million dollars a day.  Planned Parenthood has consistently claimed that most of that federal money goes to contraception – not abortion.  They’re constantly pontificating to us that contraception lowers the unintended pregnancy rate, and – by connection – the abortion rate.  But if Planned Parenthood has been raking in all of this federal funding all these years, and if contraceptives work so darn well, why is the rate of unintended pregnancies among low income women rising?  I mean, it hasn’t even stablizied – it’s actually still rising

Look – We all work hard, prices are going up, jobs are scare, and a lot of us are very sensitive right now about how the government is managing our money.  So it’s only right that we wonder if this is money well spent…

Self-discipline and abstinence are very economical alternatives.  I just thought I would throw that out there ;-)!

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