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State Reps. TerriLois Gregory, R-Baldwin City, and Connie O'Brien, R-Tonganoxie, are among 25 members of the Kansas House backing a measure introduced by pro-life group Personhood Kansas to outlaw abortion.

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mloburgio 2 years, 11 months ago

Unintended Pregnancies Cost Taxpayers $11 Billion A Year

A new study by the Guttmacher Institute, a leading reproductive health research and advocacy group, estimates that unintended pregnancies cost U.S. taxpayers an estimated $11.1 billion dollars a year. Nearly two-thirds of unintended pregnancies -- roughly a million births -- are publicly funded by Medicaid and other government programs, the report shows.

At the same time, the demand for abortions among low-income women has been on the rise since the recession. The abortion rate increased 18 percent among poor women between 2000 and 2008, according to another recent Guttmacher report, as a result of their inability to afford or access contraceptive services and their perceived inability to support a child.

“Anti-abortion restrictions and cuts to publicly funded family planning services disproportionately affect poor women, making it even more difficult for them to gain access to the contraceptive and abortion services they need," said study author Rachel K. Jones. "It certainly appears these women are being underserved." http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/05/24/unintended-pregnancies-cost-taxpayers_n_866386.html

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Armstrong 2 years, 11 months ago

Forced to be responsible for your crotch, what a concept. Yes, yes we know incest, rape, mothers life.... Misouri is 30 minutes away.

Mike Ford 2 years, 11 months ago

nice to know this gregory dimwit represents my town with this churchlican nonsense. Guess what dimwit, if a supposed churchlican backwards state like Mississippi didn't want this.....chances are the more educated people up here don't want it either....what's more important? real issues or this nonsense? I hope next election she's out of office.....

Armored_One 2 years, 11 months ago

Armstrong, to continue the logic of your argument, you would be in support of an automatic garnishment of the father's paycheck to pay for said responsibility? Or do you not care how the child is cared for, fed, clothed and housed after a live birth has occured?

Armstrong 2 years, 11 months ago

I see nothing wrong with that. It takes two to make a baby and one is just as responsible as the other.

imastinker 2 years, 11 months ago

That already happens. We call it child support.

By the same token are you willing to let the dad off the hook if he wants an abortion and mom says no?

deec 2 years, 11 months ago

Except child support is notoriously difficult to collect. First you have to establish paternity. With DNA testing this is easier to do than it used to be, but is still costly. SRS can help if the mother gets assistance. If paternity is legally established, payments are supposed to go directly to SRS, which then takes a processing cut and passes the rest on to the custodial parent. If the noncustodial parent changes job, then the whole getting a garnishment process has to start over. If the parents are in two different states, that adds another layer of hassle.

imastinker 2 years, 11 months ago

You have a better way to do it I suppose?

Your method should still protect the men from cases like this:

http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/gossip/2011/11/justin-bieber-baby-mariah-yeater-paternity-suit-dropped.html

I don't have an answer either, unless women were to stop sleeping with losers.

asixbury 2 years, 11 months ago

A woman's body is her right to do with as she pleases. I am not for abortion, but I do not think my personal (or other's religious views) should stop someone else who does not agree with me. Unwanted pregnancies can, and do, sometimes lead to child abuse. Which is better: to end an unwanted pregnancy, or to torture an unwanted child? I know a lot of women who choose abortion probably would not abuse the kid if they went through with it, but like I said before, it's their body to do with what they will.

chootspa 2 years, 11 months ago

Oh good. I was just thinking about how not enough of my taxpayer money went to fund the windmill tilting industry.

Richard Heckler 2 years, 11 months ago

Think contraception and education instead..... they might not accept that approach either?

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