Last week, a coalition of pro-life leaders in Massachusetts rallied against a disastrous pro-infanticide bill, called the ROE Act, working its way through the Massachusetts legislature. One of the speakers was Abigail Young, Students for Life Regional Coordinator for New England and a Massachusetts resident.
Just a few weeks ago, we were standing out here in the hot sun opposing the ROE Act, the greatest human rights threat to the Commonwealth of our time. Today, we stand here on the steps of the State House to call for an end to tax payer funded abortions. This ballot initiative is the next big step for the pro-life movement in Massachusetts and I am so excited to get started!
My name is Abigail Young and I am the New England Regional Coordinator for Students for Life of America. It is my job, and pleasure, to travel throughout the region educating this generation about the truth of abortion, exposing the abortion industry, and promoting life-affirming alternatives for women and children.
With over 1200 student groups across the country, we are constantly engaged in conversations about the topic of abortion. What we’ve discovered is that, Americans don’t want their tax dollars to go to abortion providers
In fact, an Institute for Pro-Life Advancement poll found that:
By about a 3 to 1 margin (48 percent to 17 percent), millennials said they preferred that their tax dollars go to Federally Qualified Health Centers rather than the abortion giant, Planned Parenthood.
7 of 10 millennials support limits on abortion through specific policies like parental notification, limiting abortions later in pregnancy like at 5 months, and opposition to government funding of abortion.
Only 7 percent shared the position of the Democratic Party Platform – abortion without any exceptions and funded by tax dollars.
I am here today to give a voice to these young people, this generation that sees beyond the deception of Planned Parenthood and the abortion industry. Why don’t we want abortion funded by our tax dollars? There are three main reasons.
The first is that abortion providers, the largest of which is Planned Parenthood, don’t use government funds to care for women as expected. As their government funding increased by the millions each year from 2015 to 2018, Planned Parenthood’s goods services dropped dramatically. According to THEIR OWN annual reports, pap tests decreased by 75%, breast exams by 66%, prenatal care by 31%, colposcopies by 31%, and HPV treatments by 59%. Guess what increased? ABORTION. By over 11,000. Making 97% of their services provided to pregnant women, abortion.
So, what DID they do with all this money? Funneled it into branding, marketing, and political campaigns instead of ACTUAL healthcare.
Planned Parenthood cares about money and power. Not women.
Which leads me to the second point. Planned Parenthood and the abortion industry cannot be trusted.
Planned Parenthood sells baby body parts, ignores potential cases of abuse, turns a blind eye to sex trafficking, advocates for lower health standards, covers up violations and injury incidents, and even sets abortion quotas for their facilities and staff members. These facilities are held to much lower health, safety, and inspection requirements than even tanning salons and tattoo parlors here in Massachusetts. Many times they have even chosen to delay calling an ambulance or transferring a patient to a nearby hospital simply to protect their image in the media. Planned Parenthood cares about themselves.
Lastly, and maybe most importantly, we don’t need Planned Parenthood. We don’t. According to their own statistics, over 80% of American women never step into a Planned Parenthood in a given year. Why not? Because there are other, better options, like Federally Qualified Health Centers. FQHCs are regularly inspected and required to meet high health standards. They adjust services to address community needs, commonly exist in underserved and rural areas, provide care for the entire family, serve Medicaid patients, and spend $0 on politics. They serve 24.5 million more people and have over 10,000 more locations than Planned Parenthood.If redirected to FQHCs, our hard-earned money can go farther and do more by providing comprehensive healthcare services and energizing the local community with an increase in jobs and economic benefits to rural and poor communities.
Instead of subsidizing a scandal-ridden, billion-dollar abortion business, American tax-payer money should be funding local community health centers that can be trusted to actually help women, not betray them.
Pregnancy is NOT A DISEASE to be cured. Abortion IS NOT HEALTHCARE. And we should not be forced to fund the genocide of our own people.