And finally, while Ohio Right to Life accuses PP of “feeding at the trough of taxpayer dollars,” a study by the Guttmacher Institute found that every dollar spent on contraception saved the government $5.68 in Medicaid payments for unwanted pregnancies. In short, taxpayer money being allocated to PP is a wise investment—it ought to get more, not less.
The Supreme Court has ruled abortion to be legal, and Planned Parenthood has acted in accordance with every law on the matter. Even if PP were not the overwhelmingly positive and constructive organization that it is, the State of Ohio should not be punishing it for a completely subjective offense which violated nothing more than the personal opinions of certain lawmakers. That sort of behavior represents a much more serious threat to human rights than the hypothetical sin of abortion ever could. I object to the ‘guilty until proven innocent’ attitude which conservative lawmakers quickly adopted after the release of the supposedly scandalous video which turned out to be nothing but a hoax. And I am tired of the typical “create an imaginary problem, then pretend to fix it” tactic of Republicans.
What is happening here is that Planned Parenthood has taken the reasonable approach that abortions can be minimized, but not eradicated altogether, and has made a focused and efficient effort to make it so. Ohio Republicans, on the other hand, insist upon seeing this as a matter of good vs. evil, and there can be no compromise with evil. To them, this is a win-all or lose-all battle, and as a result their efforts have been shortsighted, counterproductive, harmful to the state and people of Ohio, and a complete failure. A classic case of cutting off one’s nose to spite one’s face.
Perhaps it is time to defund Columbus. RON RODENBURG, CENTERVILLE