Desire for taxpayer money fuels increased abortions
By 01/17/2001 00:00:00
Ellis County Press
ELLIS COUNTY - The desire for taxpayer money appears to be the driving force behind abortion in Texas.
'It's all about financial gain,' said Sandra Woodley, director of the Women's Resource Center in Waxahachie, in reaction to news of the latest attempt by abortion clinics and abortionists to get Medicaid to pay for abortion-on-demand in Texas.
In early December, the Third Court of Appeals in Austin decided the state's present restriction on Medicaid abortion is a violation of the Equal Rights Amendment of the Texas Constitution.
The decision in the case, Low Income Women of Texas v. the State of Texas, allows for Medicaid to pay for abortions due to medical necessity for any 'health-related' reason, with the abortionist determining the reason.
Taxpayers' money would pay for abortion-on-demand for Medicaid recipients as a result of this decision, if it became law.
Attorney General John Cornyn immediately announced he would appeal the decision in low-income-women case to the State Supreme Court. The U.S.Supreme has consistently ruled restrictions such as the ones found in Texas regulations do not violate the Equal Protection Clause of the U. S. Constitution.
Under current Texas rules, Medicaid recipients are not entitled to abortion-on-demand, but can have a Medicaid-financed abortion only in cases involving rape, incest and the life of the mother.
Woodley recognized the low-income case as another attempt by the abortion industry to get taxpayers' money through government funding of abortions for the 'poor.'
'These doctors and clinics just want Medicaid dollars in their pockets,' she said.
Woodley also noted qualifying for Medicaid and getting the paperwork for eligibility done can take a month or longer, time which would be important to a pregnant woman. This would mean Medicaid-financed abortion would probably be performed on a woman in the second trimester of pregnancy, if not later.
In Texas, abortion is legal throughout pregnancy. Abortions cost more as pregnancy advances, so abortionists and clinics could make more money on abortions later in pregnancy, she pointed out.
Woodley said she fears decision supporting more Medicaid abortions would increase the number of abortions in the state.
'It would cause more pain, a lot more pain to women,' she said, referring to the psychological aftermath of an abortion for women, besides the death of babies.
'And do you think the state will fund more mental health care for poor women who have these abortions?' she asked. 'I don't think so,' she sighed.
Woodley said she and others at the Women's Resource Center would be praying for the Attorney General's success in appealing the case.
Joe Kral, legislative director of Texas Right to Life Committee, who has monitored the progress of the low-income case through the court, revealed the identity of the plaintiffs in this case.
They are Robert Prince, M.D., Curtis Boyd, M.D., William Watkins West, M.D., Fairmont Center, Routh Street Women's Center and Reproductive Health Services.
The physicians named are abortionists in Dallas, and two of the entities named are abortion clinics in Dallas. The Fairmont Center and the Routh Street Women's Center are listed under 'Abortion Providers' in the Dallas phone directory.
Sidewalk counselors who counsel and pray outside Dallas abortion clinics for the Catholic Pro-Live Committee are familiar with these physicians and clinics.
Fonda Lash, director of sidewalk counseling for this committee, and Paul Robertson, a volunteer sidewalk counselor with the ministry, identified Prince, Boyd and West as abortionists at the Fairmont and Routh Street clinics.
'These guys are hardly ‘low-income women,'' said Robertson with irony in his voice.
'Texas taxpayers have made it clear, time after time, the majority of Texans do not want their tax money used for abortions,' said Joe Kral of Texas Right to Life Committee.
Kral praised Cornyn's plan to appeal the decision to the State Supreme Court.
'We applaud Attorney General Cornyn for his bravery and his position to stand up for Life,' stated a news release from the Texas Right to Life Committee, a pro-life organization with state headquarters in Houston.
'We hope the State Supreme Court will keep in mind the U.S. Supreme Court has consistently ruled similar restrictions in other states do not violate the U.S. Constitution,' Kral said.
He believed Cornyn's appeal would be based on the the opinion current Medicaid law in Texas is not in violation of the Equal Protection Clause of the U.S. Constitution and thus, also not in violation of the state's Equal Rights Amendment.
Kral could not predict when the case would come before the State Supreme Court, saying only the Court would have to accept it first. Because the case has the interest of the Attorney General, he believed it would probably be accepted by the Court.
The director of the Crisis Pregnancy Center of Southwest Dallas, Angie Hammond, said poor women do not need to depend on a government program for help in a crisis pregnancy. She said the majority of the Center's clients qualify for Medicaid.
'I've never seen a woman who could not afford an abortion,' Hammond said. 'They will usually find some way to pay for it.'
Hammond said counselors at the CPC work with abortion-minded women to 'tell them the truth about abortion, its complications and risks to both mother and baby.'
'Abortion kills babies and harms women one hundred percent of the time,' Hammond said emphatically.
'In a crisis, the Body of Christ surrounds these young women to meet all her needs, that's the job of the churches, and she doesn't have to choose abortion or use a government program,' Hammond said.
The Crisis Pregnancy Center of Southwest Dallas, located in Duncanville, receives financial support and donations from several area churches.
'It saddens me that Planned Parenthood and other abortionists want to use a government health-care program to get money and harm more women and kill more babies,' said Hammond.