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No Title X funding for facilities offering or referring abortions?

Jun 07, 2018

New Hampshire’s U.S. senators Jeanne Shaheen and Maggie Hassan both oppose President Trump’s proposal to end federal Title X funding for any family planning facility that offers abortions on-site, or that refers patients for abortions. Title X generally provides federal funding for family planning services, which means the proposed rule would end Title X funding for many Planned Parenthood clinics. However, the clinics would still be able to receive Medicaid dollars.

Read more about issues related to family planning in New Hampshire

“Do you support the Trump proposal to end federal Title X funding for any family planning facility that offers abortion on-site or even referrals?”

Discussion held on Citizens Count NH website and Facebook page May 24, 2018

183 citizens responded92 citizens were in favor of ending federal funding for clinics offering abortion64 citizens were opposed to ending federal funding for clinics offering abortion27 citizens commented on related questions or issues

What Participants Said

Yes: 92 citizens were in favor of ending Title X funding for family planning facilities that offer abortions.

  • “Yes. … Abortion is a failure of family planning. Pay for your own failure.”
  •  “The people who seek services at PP or people who just support them should donate to PP. Taxpayer money shouldn't go to PP.”
  •  “From 2012-2016, PP has donated $50mil to elect Democrats, about $30mil in the 2016 election. They should not receive tax dollars for that reason alone.”

No: 64 citizens were opposed to ending Title X funding for family planning facilities that offer abortions.

  • “Planned Parenthood & other facilities help prevent unwanted pregnancies and the life long negative social ramifications that result.  A child has the right to be wanted.”
  • “Many of these facilities provide contraception and other family planning services. Also, abortion until fetal viability is a constitutionally-protected right, and should therefore be treated for federal funding purposes as no different than any other medical procedure.”
  • “This will make it harder for women to get the healthcare they need.”

Other: 27 citizens addressed their comments to related questions and issues.
These included:

  • Reasons for abortions: “I think it’s beneficial to first acknowledge that aborting a healthy fetus for convenience (versus rape or incest) is very different than when parents have to choose to abort an unhealthy fetus. One is not the same as the other.”
  • Federal funding: “Federal funding of every program needs to be audited.  EVERY program.”
  • Privacy: “The government needs to mind their business and stop trying to run the private lives of the people.”

*Editor selection of actual participant quotes.

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Comments

William Burns
- Rochester

Tue, 06/12/2018 - 4:06pm

Comment: 

Our taxes should not be spent on funding abortions . Birth control is available to women in all areas
and in a lot of cases free. I do not want my tax dollars going to a women that is to lazy or dumb to use birth control . We have many more important issues to be spending our tax dollars on .

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