OPINION: Want fewer abortions? Then fund contraception
May 23–Want to know what a failure of public policy looks like?
In 2006, the State of Michigan spent $5 million to fund family planning and contraception. In 2013, it was $692,300, according to a report from the Detroit News this week. And while the state cut funding for women’s health by a devastating 99%, the abortion rate in Michigan’s poorest city soared to three times the state rate.
If you are opposed to abortion rights, asking lawmakers to restore this funding should be your top priority. Because there is no surer way to reduce the number of abortions performed in this city, state or country than to lower the number of unwanted, unplanned pregnancies.
And it’s time for anti-abortion-rights groups that oppose contraception, and funding for same, to admit that they’re part of the problem.
But here in these United States, we’re living in some kind of alternaverse in which groups that claim to be concerned with the sanctity of life urge governments to slash essential public health funding to our most vulnerable residents, blithely oblivious to the devastating impact on the lives they claim to cherish.
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