Friday, April 29, 2011

Indiana Gov to Defund Planned Parenthood Next Week

AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana
Today Mitch Daniels (R-Ind) said he would sign a bill aimed at defunding health centers in Indiana, when the legislation reaches his desk next week.  "The principle involved commands the support of an overwhelming majority of Hoosiers," Daniels said.  A fiscal conservative, Daniels is foregoing about $4M in grants from the federal government sent specifically for family planning.

This announcement comes on the heels of Daniels call for a Republican "truce" on social issues, to focus more on fiscal issues, budgetary issues.  Although saying he would pass this legislation seems like a call to conservative Pro-Life voters, turning away $4M a year in grants is not a good way to show your fiscal conservativeness in a time when almost every state is facing budget short-comings. 

We all know that the government, be it federal, state, or local cannot give any money to directly fund abortions.  As described in Title X of the Family Planning Program, enacted in 1970 by President Richard Nixon, the funding from the federal grant program is designed to provide comprehensive family planning and other related preventative  health services to individuals, mainly low income families and uninsured people.

Instead of prohibiting everyone from utilizing a service, especially one protected by the constitution, because some don't agree with it, just tell those against it to not use it if they don't want to use it?  Compare this idea with the "Parental Advisory Explicit Material" sticker on some CDs.  The music isn't being prevented from being produced.  It is just not purchased by those who may be offended by explicit material. 

Government shouldn't be taking such an intrusive approach into people's personal lives.  Let people live their personal lives personally.

1 comment:

  1. There is a facebook page to donate to planned parenthood in Mitch Daniels name. I think everybody should do it.