Who Could Have Guessed? Birth Control Edition

Who could indeed have guessed that policy decision, dumb ones at that, would have real consequences?

“When state lawmakers passed a two-year budget in 2011 that moved $73 million from family planning services to other programs, the goal was largely political: halt the flow of taxpayer dollars to Planned Parenthood clinics.

Now they are facing the policy implications — and, in some cases, reconsidering.

The latest Health and Human Services Commission projections being circulated among Texas lawmakers indicate that during the 2014-15 biennium, poor women will deliver an estimated 23,760 more babies than they would have, as a result of their reduced access to state-subsidized birth control. The additional cost to taxpayers is expected to be as much as $273 million — $103 million to $108 million to the state’s general revenue budget alone — and the bulk of it is the cost of caring for those infants under Medicaid.”

I don’t see what the big problem is. These conservatives have been complaining for years that between contraception and abortion, this country was not producing enough Epsilons to do the worst jobs of society and that therefore, those had to be done by *gasp* brown people. Heck, even today, Nick Kristof is telling us that, because of social benefits, not enough poor people are accepting to become cannon fodder.

Of course, it has to do with these legislators’ obsession with controlling women’s reproductive and sexual practices. But I cannot be the only one who remembers what happened when Romanian autocrat Nicolae Ceausescu decided to ban birth control and abortions in order to get an army of workers for the greater good of the motherland. If you don’t, then go watch the documentary Children Underground for the disastrous results of that brilliant policy: