Thursday, March 16, 2006

MO House OKs birth control funding ban

Kansas manages to annoy me; Missouri just pisses me off. More hatred against low-income women and children...

KIT WAGAR, THE KANSAS CITY STAR - The Missouri House voted Wednesday to ban state funding of contraceptives for low-income women and to prohibit state-funded programs from referring those women to other programs. Critics jumped on the proposal, saying it would lead to more abortions and more unwanted children on welfare.

But the proposal’s sponsor, Republican Rep. Susan Phillips of Kansas City, said contraceptive services were an inappropriate use of tax dollars. “If doctors want to give contraception privately or personally, they can,” Phillips said. “But we don’t need to pay for contraception with taxpayer funds.”

The change was the most controversial amendment adopted during the second day of debate on next year’s state budget. The Republican majority also turned back several efforts to boost funding for health-care programs by trimming farm and agribusiness subsidies.

Phillips’ amendment did not save the state money. Instead, it imposed restrictions on how state agencies could spend $9.23 million earmarked for public-health programs, mainly for people who are poor but make too much money to qualify for Medicaid.


At 11:01 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Lucas. That is just horrible. They are just going to be making a bad problem even worse. OH DEAR!!! Stupid government. That's all.
Lauren =)


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