Alternatives to Abortion Need Funding
Published on January 17th, 2012
By Kathleen M. Gallagher
Congratulations to the Maternity & Early Childhood Foundation, Inc., which has been included in the Governor’s State Budget proposal for the coming fiscal year.
The Foundation funds critical programs for high-risk pregnant and parenting young women, many in low-income and isolated areas of the state, to empower them to bear their infants and raise their families with dignity. The Foundation has been down a rough fiscal road in the last couple of years; just a few years ago it received more than $1.2 million from the state, enabling it to serve in many counties.
But due to the economic downturn, that number has steadily decreased, and last year the Foundation was eliminated from the Governor’s Budget entirely. Thankfully, the Legislature saw fit to reinstate the Foundation, albeit at a significantly lower appropriation, about $300,000. That same amount is what has now been proposed for 2012-2013.
Considering that our Medicaid program spends millions of dollars each year for abortions, that’s not nearly enough, but it’s something. Let’s all urge the Legislature to increase state funding for the Maternity & Early Childhood Foundation, so young, vulnerable, pregnant women truly have a meaningful “choice.”