Between North Dakota, South Dakota, Idaho, Kansas, and Texas, over $3 million has been spent defending unconstitutional abortion laws and restrictions. When Think Progress reported this, we were taken aback. These are states that have made cuts to beneficial stuff like education, Medicaid, environmental protection, and even Meals on Wheels programs – all the while pursuing their crusade against women's health. In fact, according to RH Reality Check, South Dakota alone has spent $170,000 in taxpayer money since 2011 defending one single abortion regulation.
Needless to say, that's a lot of money being spent on limiting women's access to safe and legal abortion.
Of course, if this money wasn't being going toward defending unconstitutional legislation, it wouldn't be spent on women’s health anyways. But let's pretend for a moment that it's opposite day, or that we live in a rad utopia where these five states are more likely to spend big bucks on helping rather than restricting women's health programs.
These are what these figures mean to Planned Parenthood.
It might be too much to hope that all this money could be spent on these pro-women's health services in the first place, but it definitely puts into perspective just how much money is being funneled into unconstitutional legislation.
LAUREN MACK, SOCIAL MEDIA AND COMMUNICATIONS ASSISTANT