Did you know that a portion of our hard earned tax dollars go toward funding abortions?
Massachusetts is one of 17 states that fund abortion with taxpayer dollars, and some Bay Staters are pissed off about that. According to an article in the Boston Globe, the state constitution defines abortion as “the knowing destruction of the life of an unborn child” and some people don’t like that we’re spending our tax money on that.
Well, guess what? Our taxpayer dollars also go toward funding foster care programs. If you cut funding for abortions, more and more unwanted, abandoned, abused, and neglected children will be brought into the world and fall into the system at some point during their childhood. In 2011, each foster child cost the government $6,675 in federal tax payer dollars (and that cost has likely only risen over the last 6 years, due to inflation and increased cost of living in MA). Compare that to $3,275 state tax dollars, the maximum cost of one abortion in 2017.
Thomas Harvey, chairman of the Alliance to Stop Taxpayer Funded Abortions ballot campaign, says that it is not about being for or against abortion, it’s about what your tax dollars are going to. Well, Mr. Harvey, I will not succumb to your flawed logic and agree with the ACLU’s opinion that “the costs associated with childbirth, neonatal and pediatric care greatly exceed the costs of abortion [and] public funding for abortion neither costs the taxpayer money nor drains resources from other services.”
If this ballot campaign is successful and it receives the support of 50 or more lawmakers in two legislative sessions, then the issue will appear on the 2020 ballot. Ladies, keep your eyes and ears open about this. If it makes it to the ballot, show up and vote for your right to choose! You remember what happened the last time you decided not to go vote, right? Right…now Trump is in office.
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This post was inspired by today’s daily prompt: Succumb