If House Republicans get their way in the federal budget for fiscal year 2012 beginning in October, nearly 500,000 women, infants, and children could be deprived of basic nutritional assistance. Though Republican leaders justify this decision on the grounds that budget deficits require “shared sacrifice,” the tax cuts they recently fought to extend will give away more money to America’s 300,000 millionaires this week than it will cost to adequately fund nutrition programs for all of next year.
That’s the story and the math behind the Republican-led House Appropriations Committee decision to slash the budget for the Special Supplemental Nutritional Program for Women, Infants and Children, or WIC, by $833 million in FY 2012. WIC provides nutritious foods to low-income pregnant women, new moms, babies, and children under 5 who have been identified as nutritionally at risk. The program has done this successfully for nearly 40 years at a relatively modest cost to the federal government, which is why the program has traditionally enjoyed strong bipartisan support.
The bill approved this week by Republicans on the House Appropriations Committee upends that bipartisan commitment, imposing deep and harmful cuts to WIC and denying assistance to 325,000 to 475,000 eligible mothers, infants, and children.
Save the fetuses! But starve the babies!
Once again, pro-life does not care about babies, mothers, or children. Right here, right now, they would rather give additional tax cuts to their millionaire patrons than feed babies. They’re taking money away from WIC to give to the rich. They could not care less about the lives of mothers and children. Pro-life politicians use fetuses to get elected, and pro-life policies to control our reproduction. That’s all.
[Image: a fervent pro-life protester over an eight-piece blue background. A sticker on his shirt reads, “Abortion Isn’t Healthcare.” He is pointing upwards with both hands. Top text: “PRO-LIFE IS PRO-CHILD” Bottom text: “EXCEPT FOR THE BORN ONES WHO NEED FOOD AND HEALTH CARE”]