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TODAY'S QUESTION: Should pregnancy resource centers continue to receive state funding?

Friday, May 13, 2011 | 1:09 p.m. CDT

The Missouri House of Representatives and Senate are deciding whether to extend the tax credit for pregnancy resource centers beyond 2015.

The state has given $4.4 million of state revenue to 52 centers since 2007. The state has handed out another $2.5 million of taxpayer funds to several of the organizations during that same time period through the state's Alternatives to Abortion grant program.

According to a previous Missourian article, donors to My Life Clinic, one of two pregnancy resource centers in Columbia, were issued $30,000 in tax credits in fiscal year 2010. Across the state last year, donors claimed more than $1.6 million.

Some proponents of pregnancy resource centers claim abortions can lead to infertility, breast cancer and post-abortion mental health disorders. However, dissenters will agree that health risks exist, but precise medical data remains controversial.

Missouri state Sen. Tom Dempsey, R-St. Charles, is sponsoring SB 204, which would renew the pregnancy resource center tax credit through 2018. The bill is currently in the Senate. Another sponsored by Rep. Tom Flanigan, R-Carthage, HB 116, would force termination of the program in 2015.

Currently, the pregnancy resource center tax credit will come to an end on Aug. 28, 2012. There has been no public discussion of diminishing the state’s Alternatives to Abortion grant program.

Should pregnancy resource centers continue to receive state funding?


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Paul Allaire May 15, 2011 | 3:30 p.m.

I'm confident that most of the proponents of the agenda that is pushed from the offices of this organization would encourage any initiative that would allow the state to spend less money.

Send them to IRAQ!!!

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Tracy Greever-Rice May 16, 2011 | 2:10 p.m.

"Some proponents of pregnancy resource centers claim abortions can lead to infertility, breast cancer and post-abortion mental health disorders."

Okay... sort of like some racists believe that folks that share their shade of skin tone are superior to folks with different shades of skin tone and homophobes believe sexual orientation can be 'cured' through reprogramming 'treatments'???

"However, dissenters will agree that health risks exist, but precise medical data remains controversial."

Tommy, do you mean "dissenters" like the American Medical Association, the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, the National Cancer Institute, and the American Psychological Association???

As former Wyoming Republican Senator Alan Simpson said so beautifully, "We're all entitled to our opinion, but not our own facts. Facts are facts."

While it is true, by definition, that our understanding of the science of human health, including reproductive and sexual health, continues to evolve - it is simply NOT accurate to call organizations like the AMA, NCI, APA, etc. 'dissenters' (implying a minority position) or to suggest that "precise medical data remains controversial".

There's zero controversy within the established scientific and clinical communities about whether not the claims of religious propagandists have medical legitimacy. They have none. They're silliness. They require 'suspension of disbelief' (and a HUGE degree of patience and tolerance among the sane) to even entertain in passing.

For the Missourian to equate the pseudo-science of a religious movement and its attempts to legitimize a doctrinal position through the use of science & medical jargon, with actual science is an inaccuracy that either requires correction or needs to be presented plainly and obviously for it is: editorializing.

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