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Maine Pro-lifers: ‘Not With Our Money!’

Posted by thelamp on May 4, 2007

Pro-lifers across Maine converged at the state capitol last week to voice their opposition to a bill that would use their tax money to pay for abortions for poor women. The state already doles out $1 million every year to Planned Parenthood, so advocates for life are justified to declare that enough is enough.

State Senate President Beth Edmonds, D-Freeport, is the sponsor of the measure, which would force Maine residents to spend $283,000 more on taxpayer-funded abortions.

The cost of the bill is based on an average out-of-pocket cost of $350 and a count of MaineCare patients who got abortions from one of the state’s three nonprofit providers of the procedure – the Family Planning Association of Maine, Planned Parenthood of Northern New England and the Mabel Wadsworth Women’s Health Center.

If the bill passes, terminating life of preborn babies would be paid for through MaineCare, the state’s Medicaid service. Abortion, though, is not a fundamental human right. The issue is about the sanctity of life, not charity, as the bill’s supporters would like people to believe.

Currently, MaineCare only pays for abortions when the mother’s life is in jeopardy or in cases of rape and incest. The bill under consideration would expand that to cover all abortions.

Last week, dozens of pro-life advocates rallied on the capitol steps. Inside, there was standing room only when the Health and Human Services Committee convened a public hearing on the bill. Consistent with their duty as Christians, activists made it clear that they didn’t want their money used to pay for abortions.

“The inescapable fact is that Christians cannot – and should not – divorce their biblical perspective from public policy and law making,” said Pastor Rod Parsley. “Someone’s perspective will influence our laws – it’s just a question of whose. ”

Tax payers in Maine – or in any state of the union – should not have to contradict their own consciences by paying for elective abortions. In addition to the moral considerations, using tax dollars to kill babies is an irresponsible financial decision that will put more strain on the state’s budget.

source:  www.centerformoralclarity.net

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