California Pro-Life Group Takes on Meg Whitman Over Taxpayer-Funded Abortions

State   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Mar 2, 2010   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

California Pro-Life Group Takes on Meg Whitman Over Taxpayer-Funded Abortions

by Steven Ertelt Editor
March 2
, 2010

Sacramento, CA ( — A California pro-life group is taking on Republican gubernatorial candidate Meg Whitman, who is blanketing the airwaves with ads calling herself a "Reagan conservative." But the director of the California Pro-Life Council says Whitman doesn’t resemble that because she supports taxpayer-funded abortions.

Brian Johnston, the head of the pro-life group, tells "Meg Whitman is no Ronald Reagan and her candidacy is unacceptable to millions of California Pro-Life voters."

"Whitman’s position that there should be no limitations on taxpayer funding of abortion is clear repudiation of Ronald Reagan’s commitment to the value of individual human lives," he added. "Even by her own rhetoric, if this is an issue of ‘privacy’ or ‘individual choice’ the government should not be involved as the financial sponsor of the procedure and underwriter of the state’s abortion industry."

The state spends more than $23 million to pay for the abortions of poor women even though main abortion business Planned Parenthood brought in $1 billion in revenue last year.

Every year, pro-life advocates have tried to amend the state budget to remove the funding for as many as 80,000 abortions annually. That’s about 7 percent of the total number of abortions done nationwide — and all paid for at the expense of California taxpayers.

Worrying Whitman, like Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, would be no help in stopping the taxpayer funding of abortion, Johnston says she more closely resembles pro-abortion President Barack Obama.

"Just as Obama seeks to replicate the California model of a state-sponsored abortion industry on the federal level, Whitman’s open embrace of this ideology reveals her ‘statist’ approach to culture and policy," he told

"Her activist approach to promoting abortion should be rejected. She is hardly the model of ‘government restraint’ that she paints herself as being. As far as Republican legacies, she is more of an Ed Zschau than a Ronald Reagan," Johnston said.

The California Catholic Conference has also worked to stop tax-funded abortions.

"Medi-Cal pays for 39 percent of all abortions in California. Planned Parenthood organizations receive one-third of their funding from government grants and contracts," the group says.

According to Planned Parenthood’s latest report, abortions increased to 305,310 abortions, up from 289,750 in 2006. That is despite the total government grants and contracts received by PPFA affiliates from government sources including state, local and federal governments increasing from $337 million to $350 million.

Looking at Planned Parenthood data from 1997 to the present, the increase in government funding corresponds with an increase in the number of abortions.

In 1997, Planned Parenthood did about 160,000 abortions and received approximately $160 million in total taxpayer funding from various levels of government. Both the number of abortions and the amount of money received from government, supposedly for family planning to reduce abortions, has doubled since then.

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