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And Which Part of Article I, Section 8 Authorizes Such Expenditures?

Posted By Don Boudreaux On March 30, 2011 @ 10:08 pm In Nanny State,Other People's Money | Comments Disabled

Here’s a letter to the New York Times:

My goal isn’t to be politically incorrect, but I must ask: why do you believe that government should fund “family planning” (“It Will Take More Than a Few Regrets [1],” March 29)?  Such planning requires virtually no expense.  Each couple makes its own decision whether or not to have children.  If the decision is ‘yes,’ nature in its splendor takes over and fulfills the plan.  If the decision is ‘no,’ the only expense is for a few low-priced pills or condoms.

Now if “family planning” is a euphemism for abortion, even many pro-choicers agree that, because today even the sexually voracious can easily and inexpensively avoid getting pregnant, taxpayers should not be used as a prophylactic to protect irresponsible persons from the consequences of their irresponsibility.

Sincerely,
Donald J. Boudreaux

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