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Letter: We shouldn't fund alternative clinics with North Dakota tax dollars

Tidd writes, "Women in our state deserve evidence-based, medical treatment that is free of religious ideology when pregnant just like they do when they have the flu or strep throat."

Letter to the editor FSA

I recently discovered that the North Dakota Legislature just allotted over $1 million to fund “alternatives to abortion clinics.” These clinics are presented in a way that suggests they are a neutral clinic there to provide options related to pregnancy when really, they discuss all options except abortion and typically refuse to provide information or referrals to clinics that offer abortions. This allotment further undermines women’s health and the need for comprehensive reproductive health services in our state.

As a clinician in our community, I am having a hard time grasping the reasoning behind taking money away from TANF (Temporary Assistance for Needy Families – such as WIC, SNAP, childcare assistance, Head Start programs, state funded insurance) and give it to “clinics” that have zero oversight from healthcare licensure, regulations or credentialing. If you’re sick, you go to a walk-in clinic with the assurance that the person treating you is competent, licensed, and will provide treatment that is backed by evidence (i.e., science, research). I personally want my community to invest in resources that are rooted in best practice, research and ethical treatment of myself and those I live alongside.

Women in our state deserve evidence-based, medical treatment that is free of religious ideology when pregnant just like they do when they have the flu or strep throat. Pretending to provide neutral medical care with an underlying agenda to sway someone away from making a personal, informed decision is unethical and has potential for serious mental health consequences that concerns me as a mental health provider, a woman, and a member of this community.

Kathryn Tidd lives in Fargo.

This letter does not necessarily reflect the opinion of The Forum's editorial board nor Forum ownership.

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