Abortion & taxes
Abortion & taxes
I know what it's like for a woman to struggle to support two daughters on a retail salary. I saw my mother do it for years, facing the hardship of being her family's primary breadwinner when her disabled husband could not work. She counted every penny — and every red cent she sent to Uncle Sam.
She did not want those hard-earned dollars to be spent on abortion. And poll after poll shows she was hardly alone. A 2009 Quinnipiac University poll showed 70 percent of American women do not want public funding of abortion through the new federal health care program. Currently, 21 states have passed legislation opting out of abortion funding under the health insurance exchanges created by the health care law.
Pennsylvania needs to do the same, for all those women who work a full shift, then jump into their cars to work a second, unpaid job caring for children, grandchildren or aging relatives. They are financially strapped, and the last thing they want is the government to use their money to fund the abortion industry.
The writer is the legislative director for the Pennsylvania Pro-Life Federation.
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