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Letter: McMaster really turning down fed $$?

Posted: October 9, 2018 1:38 p.m.
Updated: October 9, 2018 1:36 p.m.

Really, Gov. McMaster?

Really?

Are you actually urging South Carolina to reject $14 million in federal money so you can defund Planned Parenthood clinics?

No doubt, you and your Republican legislature are hoping that your supporters will think you are simply working to prohibit abortions. But none of that $14 million pays for abortion services. Some will think it does because they are unwilling or perhaps unable to do the research. They will not realize that just a fraction of that money actually even goes to Planned Parenthood ($82,000 last year) and that all of it pays for non-abortion services through Medicaid.

That $14 million helps poor South Carolina citizens -- male and female, old and young -- with basic health care. Your rejection of the money is particularly troublesome, since South Carolina previously opted out of extended Medicaid coverage for poor citizens.

You are the governor of this state. Why would you work in ways that hurt your own citizens?

My conservative father and god-fearing mother brought me up to believe in the value of planning. Planned Parenthood devotes much of its time and effort to helping young people understand how to prevent unwanted pregnancies while it also addresses basic healthcare needs.

Why should your own citizens continue to support you?

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