Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Backwards Again In Indiana

Planned Parenthood is shutting down in Indiana now that the state has cut off funding.

To reduce costs, all 28 clinics will close tomorrow and employees will be sent home without pay. Only one clinic in Indianapolis will stay open Wednesday but will close Thursday.

The Republicans think they’re saving the lives of countless unborn babies and putting the state back on the path to righteousness and purity. The Baby Jesus is happy now.

Except that in the real world, a lack of access to family planning and reproductive health services will mean that more people will be having unprotected sex and therefore the abortion rate will climb. And those abortions won’t be done in a clinic; they’ll be done, at best, in someone’s basement or in the back of a van parked behind the Dairy Queen. The women who don’t have abortions will not have access to affordable pre-natal care, which means less healthy babies born to poor women, which means it will cost the state more to keep them alive and, later, educated.

So, did those geniuses and Jesus-freaks in the Indiana state legislature and governor’s mansion think of that?