Someone explain to me why, in these times when we're being called upon by the new Administration to tighten our belts, we should be sending taxpayer dollars to make sure strangers in strange lands don't have (to put it politely) / kill (to put it more plainly) pre-born babies?
Wherever you fall in the pro-life/abortion debate, this makes zero sense to me. They're not Americans. What is the benefit to Americans of this... less competition???
Perhaps as an unintended realization of this, Democrats resurfaced the issue by trying to include public funding for birth prevention measures here in America in the next "stimulus" package. Why stop with foreigners? After all, if no one made it to birth, we wouldn't have this economic crisis, would we?
Nancy Pelosi weighed in to explain:
The family planning services reduce cost. One of the elements of this package is assistance to the states. The states are in terrible fiscal budget crises now and part of what we do for children's health, education and some of those elements are to help the states meet their financial needs … The contraception [initiative] will reduce costs to the states and to the federal government.
So, to summarize, she (and apparently the Democrats) see children as costs. Never mind what their potential, etc. -- they're economic burdens to be cut from the ledger as soon as possible.
Obama today agreed to pull that part of the bill, but to those keeping score, the record seems pretty clear. Congressional Democrats not only want to drive up spending astronomically and leave the payment to future generations, they want to make sure there are fewer members of those generations available to share the cost... in effect, a kind of Tax to the Future for those yet to come.