To avoid a government shutdown, our Congressional representatives agreed to deprive Washington DC women of city monies to fund abortion. Had it not been for the DC mayor and certain city council reps, this atrocity would never have come to light.
When all reproductive rights’ eyes were on the funding of Title X and Planned Parenthood, Congress pulled a fast one.Â They included in the budget agreement a prohibition of the use of City funds–not Federal funds–but DC’s own money to pay for abortion.
DC residents did not have a problem with this allocation of funds.Â The clear majority of the population support their mayor and his budget that respects the needs of the poor.
Because DC has special standing as a non-state, Congress could do this. DC women were the proverbial sacrificial lamb.
Only because the Mayor Vincent Gray of DC and six City Council people including the Chair demonstrated and were arrested did this horrific agreement ever get the attention of the media.
As Gray said so well, “If this isn’t taxation without representation, I don’t know what is!”