Right to life but not quality of life

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Registered: 09-22-2004
Right to life but not quality of life
Wed, 10-24-2007 - 11:31pm

Ok..I don't post on this board because I really don't have anything to say that hasn't been said, however now I do.

I would love to get the pro-lifers side of this one. I work with developmentally disabled adults and kids and they are constantly getting robbed of their quality of life by right wing politicians. I just don't get how these same people who rob the disabled of their services can petition so hard for the right to life for these same people. I am in no way saying that we should abort the disabled, however I would love a better quality of life for them.

If you are a conservative voter, please do not say that you are against this practice because it is you who put these politicians in power. I would really love to know the thought process behind voting for someone because they are pro-life (I do so love the one issue voters) and not knowing their stance on a topic as important as this.

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Registered: 02-15-2005
Thu, 10-25-2007 - 8:51am

I completely understand your question. I've often wondered the same thing - also, the trend for PL conservatives to be opposed to health care reform, welfare and other programs for the poor - the attitude of "you can't have an abortion, but you can't have food or a roof over your head either".

(Note - I am in no way a proponent of welfare - I think able bodied

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Registered: 01-29-2004
Thu, 10-25-2007 - 8:51am

Can you please give us some examples?


Edited to add...

Here are some examples that I've found. But, they are cuts made by a Pro Choice Democrat



Edited 10/25/2007 9:29 am ET by dj1986
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Registered: 10-21-2007
Thu, 10-25-2007 - 12:19pm
You're absolutely right. I'd probably vote Democrat if I were an American. As much it sickens me to think of voting for abortion supporters, I'd feel I had no choice for one the very reasons you pointed out.
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Registered: 09-22-2004
Thu, 10-25-2007 - 2:41pm

I will find more and have a ton at work, but I am off this week. I was not aware of the illinois situation since I am in Fl. and Jeb Bush started the major cuts which have all but put us under and our new gov. Christ is continuing Jeb's work.




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Registered: 01-29-2004
Thu, 10-25-2007 - 3:33pm

Thank you for the links.

I really is sad to see the hurt and pain that politicians can cause.

I did a little more research and it seems like it something that both parties are guilty of. They hurt those that can least afford to be hurt.

Here are some other links that I found.


Welfare, human services and the environment

Cuts in state welfare programs include:

* $48.0 million from Behavioral Health Services

* $34.5 million from Medical Assistance inpatient services

* $33.3 million from the Human Services Development Fund

* $17.6 million for Acute Care Hospitals

* $1.3 million from Community Mental Retardation Services

Other programs being slashed include Homeless Assistance, Domestic Violence Programs, State Centers for the Mentally Retarded, Rape Crisis, Community-Based Family Centers and Disabled American Veterans Transportation.


On Thursday, Blagojevich unveiled $463 million in cuts to the budget lawmakers had sent him Aug. 13. Well over $100 million of that amount came from health and human services programs and projects.

The cuts were as large as $11 million for payments to community agencies serving the developmentally disabled and as small as $10,000 for a program to help residents of a decaying Chicago neighborhood. They eliminated money for food pantries, homeless shelters, a veterans home, substance abuse clinics, autism programs and help for the disabled and mentally ill, along with scores of other programs.


Gov. Ted Kulongoski said that he won’t try to stop most of the $545 million in planned cuts to state programs. But the Democratic governor unveiled a short list of jeopardized services that he wants to preserve. Among them: mental health treatment covered by the “Plus” version of the Oregon Health Plan, prescription-drug benefits for poor and disabled people, police crime labs and community corrections programs.

Whether all, or even some, of those services will be spared remains unknown.


In Tennessee, Democratic Governor Philip Bredesen began to plan cuts in the state's $8 billion
Medicaid program in 2003, said spokesman Bob Corney in a June 20 interview.

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Registered: 01-29-2004
Thu, 10-25-2007 - 3:36pm

I'm not sure that would solve the problem. Democrats are guilty of hurting the disabled by cutting the funding for the programs that help the disabled.