Say Yes to State Funded Abortions in MA

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

9 Replies to “Say Yes to State Funded Abortions in MA”

  1. You’ve got to love how people can fail to see the forest through the trees because they get so focussed on what’s right in front of their nose. I completely agree that this issue is more of a math problem than some sort of moral dilemma. If someone is so worried about where their tax dollars are being spent, shouldn’t they simultaneously attempt to spend as little tax dollars as possible? The moral issue will be one that will most likely never be fully accepted either way. However, people need to think about what the quality of life a person growing up in state funded foster care will be. Also, think about the life of the mother who made one bad decision, was forced to conceive a child, and subsequently required to abandon/lose the child to foster care. I can dig someone standing their moral ground, but so often they fail to see the other problems around them caused by their actions.

  2. It was interesting to read your viewpoint as it seemed less concerned with the child itself, but with the life of the mother- even when you mentioned orphanages… which allow the child a right to decide how and what he makes of his own life- not his inactive or incapable parents (as you described would be the case).

    I believe that women are strong. We are not weak. We are capable of making it through any and every situation. So why is the state allowing us to depend on.. what I believe is murdering… our children so we can “feel like we have a chance at life”? Just my opinion.

    I believe children are blessings. If I have to sacrifice my “life” for a life that is, in a sense, an extension of my own, that will be the most selfless and loving thing I could ever do on this earth.

    I feel to truly discuss a topic like this, a little more background information is needed on your beliefs. What do you believe is morally right? Where does your personal moral compass lie? What are your limits?


    1. Hi Courtney,

      Thanks so much for taking the time to thoughtfully put your comments together here.

      I am surprised that you thought I was concerned with either the mother or the child. In life in general, I do certainly have strong opinions on this (that differ from yours). However, in this post, I was simply trying to weigh the cost of the abortion against the cost of a mother carrying out an unwanted pregnancy. It’s meant to be a fiscal argument, not a human argument in this post.

      Just so you know where I’m coming from – I had less than a 30% chance of being able to get pregnant, suffered several miscarriages during planned pregnancies, and finally did have a biological child. I was also adopted at birth, so I am a huge fan of adoption. I can identify with the woman who wants kids but can’t have them, with the woman who finally did have a child, and with the child who feels unwanted. With all of those viewpoints, I still believe in a woman’s right to choose.

      That being said, I really appreciate that you took the time to compose your argument in such a thoughtful manner and like that we can disagree on such a strong matter in such a mature way.

      Thank you,

  3. What a great post! Very well written – this is one of those taboo subject people try to avoid. My personal view is it’s a woman choice. She is the one that has to gave birth, her body is the one that is going to change, and ultimately it will be her responsibility to raises or give up that child. I or no one else has the right to make that decision. If she know that she is not ready or unable to give that child the life he/she deserves then making that hard decision is all hers. I would love if you would come to my blog and give me feedback! 😀

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