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From Brandon Martyn

By Staff | Mar 30, 2011

To the editor:

This letter is in response to Diane Strippel’s letter which appeared in the Wetzel Chronicle on March 23.

Republicans can spin this however they want to, but the law is quite clear that federal tax dollars do not and can not go toward the funding of abortions in our country.

Abortions represent only three percent of Planned Parenthood’s services while the other 97 percent goes toward family planning, immunizations, cancer screenings, and the treatment and prevention of sexually transmitted diseases.

I said it before in my last letter and I will say it again, Title X and subsequently Planned Parenthood prevents one million unintended pregnancies every year, over half of which would normally end in abortion, which means this program actually prevents 500,000 abortions every single year.

She says in her letter that if women want health care, they can seek other government funded resources for health care, but here’s the kicker, those places are now also in danger of losing their funding through republican created legislation aimed at reducing the federal budget.

The Guttmacher Institute estimates that for every dollar invested in Title X, that taxpayers actually save nearly $4. To put it another way, eliminating the national family planning program would result in higher costs, not lower costs, taking more money out of the taxpayers’ wallets.

Since the bill was voted on, three Republican representatives have changed their stance on the legislation: Susan Collins of Maine, Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, and Scott Brown of Massachusetts.

The legislation passed by Republicans in the House of Representatives was a full on attack on women’s rights and their health. If you want more unintended pregnancies, more abortions, and more children being born to poor parents, along with more money taken out of your pockets, go right ahead and urge your senators to pass the bill defending Title X.

Brandon Martyn

Fairmont, W.Va.