Friday, February 6, 2009
Weigh in on this with Governor Purdue's office. Go to: www.governor.state.nc.us/eTownhall/suggestionBox.aspx
Or call her office at 919-733-4240
Budget May Eliminate State Abortion Fund
Special Report - February 3, 2009
Proposed budget cuts submitted to Governor Bev Perdue by agency officials include a complete elimination of the State Abortion Fund. As North Carolina lawmakers face a potential budget shortfall of $2 billion, the Governor directed agencies to find ways to cut seven percent of their budgets. The Division of Social Services proposed nearly $17 million in cuts, including the entire $50,000 State Abortion Fund.
North Carolina’s State Abortion Fund was created in 1978. Through the 1980s and 1990s, various limitations were imposed on who is eligible to receive the funds and the size of the fund. As of 1995, the Fund was cut from $1.2 million down to its current $50,000. Women must be state residents who do not qualify for Medicaid, but do qualify as low income (defined as qualifying for welfare or making less than $14,000 for a two-person household in 2008). Written certification is required from a doctor stating that the abortion is medically necessary because of rape, incest, a deformed fetus, mental retardation of the mother, or serious risk to the mother. Women are not eligible after the child’s 112th day of gestation, and women are only allowed one abortion funded by the State Abortion Fund. In 1994, the State Abortion Fund paid for 4,587 abortions, but the restrictions have reduced the number of state-funded abortions to only one since 1995. Since the restrictions were set in place, the State has continued to allocate $50,000 to the Fund each year. Any unused money from the State Abortion Fund reverts to the General Fund at the end of the fiscal year.
Barbara Holt, executive director of North Carolina Right to Life, notes that while eliminating the State Abortion Fund is a positive step, the state budget continues to fund abortions through the state employee health plan and a children’s health insurance plan.
According to the Raleigh News & Observer, NARAL Pro-Choice North Carolina plans to fight the proposed elimination of the fund. Executive director, Sean Kosofsky wants the money to remain in the budget, even if it is not used, as a symbol “that this is a state that cares about women’s reproductive health.” He says that eliminating the fund altogether would make NARAL’s ultimate goal of peeling back restrictions on use of the Fund much more difficult.
Matt Lytle, director of research for the North Carolina Family Policy Council, commented, “Even though this fund has paid for only one abortion since 1995, the fact that it remained in existence meant that the state was appropriating taxpayer dollars every year for abortions, an action that goes against the conviction of many in this state.”
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Wednesday, February 4, 2009
The Lois' Lodge Walkathon is March 28th. And boy do we need you to get involved! Just recd. notice that state funding has run out for the fiscal year. Although this is a relatively small portion of our budget it can still have an impact on our ability to offer services. Please get involved by participating as a walker. Go to www.loislodge.org to sign up. Or.... if you can't be walker please consider sponsoring me as a walker. You can sponsor me directly by going to: debbie durrell's Fundraising Page http://www.firstgiving.com/debbiedurrell
If you click on the title of this post it will take you right to my fundraising page.
Thank you for your ongoing support and prayers. Email me if you have questions. Debbie
Monday, February 2, 2009
The National Longitudinal Survey of Adolescent Health identified eight personality and behavioral traits that were associated with both abstinence and academic achievement:
• Future orientation, with a focus on long-term goals.
• Willingness to postpone current pleasures for larger future rewards.
• Perseverance, as in the ability to stick to a task or commitment.
• A belief that current behavior can positively affect the future.
• Impulse control, including ability to control emotions and desires.
• Resistance to peer influence.
• Respect for parental and social values.
• Sense of self-worth and personal dignity.
Abstinence also is associated with better physical and mental health across socioeconomic groups, according to a summary of the study in U.S. News & World Report. Kids who make abstinence decisions do better in school, too. Abstinent teens are far more likely to attend and graduate from college than those who are sexually active.