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AUL in the News: National Catholic Register on DC Abortions

National Catholic Register

Local government funding of 300 abortions in the District of Columbia made taxpayers complicit in a moral wrong that ended lives, pro-life critics said.

When a congressional ban on abortion funding was lifted from 2009 to 2011, the District of Columbia paid for at least 300 abortions at a cost of $185,000 using local taxpayers’ money, The Associated Press reports.

In 2009, President Barack Obama’s administration put forward an altered version of the ban which declared that its prohibition on funding applied only to federal tax money, not funds raised locally. It also expanded the health exemptions under which abortion could be funded.

Mary Harned, staff counsel with Americans United for Life, described the report as “clearly tragic.”

“More women have abortions when covered by public programs,” she said, citing a study by the Allan Guttmacher Institute.

Funding abortions ensures that women will have more abortions “without reflecting on it” because when they realize they are pregnant they can be “rash,” she told EWTN News on July 8.

“Having more time to think it over is actually a good thing,” Harned continued. “It’s not really good public policy to make it easier for them to have abortions very quickly.”

“And, of course, it ends a life,” she added. “Taxpayers should not have to foot the bill for something that is morally wrong.”