- Two men seriously hurt in crash near Fruitland (9/21/16)3
- Perryville man arrested for alleged patronizing prostitution, harassment (9/23/16)6
- Video and evidence largely confirm trooper's claims in April traffic stop shooting (9/23/16)7
- Cape man may lose eye after shovel beating, police say (9/25/16)2
- Funeral procession of former Cape Girardeau police chief Henry H. Gerecke (9/22/16)17
- Cape man accused of attacking pregnant girlfriend (9/22/16)
- Driver charged with manslaughter in crash that killed 2 (9/27/16)
- Show Me Center upgrades may allow facility to draw more elaborate shows (9/21/16)17
- Man convicted of Perryville convenience-store heist (9/21/16)
- Planning, design puts renovations of H-H building into hotel on hold (9/26/16)4
Ask Gov. Holden to restore funding for alternatives
To the editor:
I want to inform the public that Gov. Bob Holden has dropped all funding for the Alternatives to Abortion program even though the legislature supported it. Of all the programs that were funded last year, this is the only one Holden cut in its entirety despite its great success. This past year, the program served 648 women with a 99.7 percent success rate. That means 646 babies were saved.
Not only is the program very successful, but it is also relatively inexpensive. If one lets $1 represent the $1 billion cut made to the Missouri state budget, then Holden saved the state 1/18th of a penny by dropping the Alternatives to Abortion program. Aren't babies worth 1/18th of a penny?
With the elimination of this program, women in crisis pregnancies may have nowhere to turn for support and have no choice but to abort their babies. Certainly Holden cannot justify completely cutting state funds to this vital program, especially one that can determine life or death for a baby.
Please contact Gov. Holden and urge him to restore the funding ($570,000) for the Alternatives to Abortion program.