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JMHACLJ at aol.com
Thu Nov 17 09:41:34 PST 2005
In a message dated 11/17/2005 12:07:04 P.M. Eastern Standard Time,
SLevinson at law.utexas.edu writes:
Does anyone know on this list how much public funds are in fact allocated at
present to support abortion clinics and how likely it is that they would be
eliminated if Roe were overruled?
I was rooting around on some North Carolina websites, I cut my teeth in
anti-abortion activism on the street in front of an abortion business that had
contracts with all of North Carolina's 100 counties to provide abortion services
to the poor under that State's program of state funding for elective,
medically unnecessary abortions. At the time of my activities in North Carolina,
the State was allocating something in the neighborhood of a million dollars a
year for these medically unnecessary abortions. I have found sites that
indicate a continuation of that funding program up to the near present at least.
In addition, I have found a news release from a state legislator indicating
that in one period of three years, the State's public employee health care
plan had funded something in the neighborhood of three million dollars worth
of abortion and abortion related services (the number may be deceiving since
the auditing category may also include miscarriages, and D & C procedures
done for non-abortive purposes (menstrual regulation).
All that by way of saying I don't have my hands on a specific number but
unless the total include these kinds of funding programs, in which money follows
a client into a clinic in the form of a voucher from the State, it won't be
an accurate or complete accounting.
Also found the following excerpt from a North Carolina State Supreme Court
decision describing abortion in fairly interesting terms:
"We therefore conclude that the authority conferred upon counties to provide
social services pursuant to G.S. 153A-255 is limited to providing the poor
with the basic necessities of life. We find it inconceivable that the
legislature would have intended medically unnecessary abortions to be basic
necessities of life." The case is Stam vs. State of North Carolina, and concluded
that counties in NC could not separately assume the power to provide abortion
services to the poor in their county-owned medical facilities.
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