Yes on 204 Campaign: Proposition Doesn't Create Gigantic (or Any) Abortion "Slush Fund"

Despite what the Center for Arizona Policy is telling its supporters about Proposition 204, the Yes on 204 campaign says it won't create $100 million "slush fund" to pay for abortions -- or any sort of fund for abortions.

In fact, Yes on 204 campaign officials say the estimated $100 million that would be allocated to the "family stability and self-sufficiency fund" is going operate as it's described in the proposition.

See also:
-Center for Arizona Policy's Theory on Prop. 204: It Creates a $100 Million Abortion Fund

As we noted earlier, the fund would be used to "provide services for the basic needs of children, families, and vulnerable adults whose household income is less than two hundred percent of the federal poverty level."

According to the proposition, "basic needs" includes "preventing hunger, homelessness, and family and domestic violence and providing child care and other community and social services that lead to family stability and self-sufficiency."

The Yes on 204 campaign notes that the proposition was intentionally crafted without the phrase "health services."

"The politically connected and powerful anti-education politicians are getting desperate and pulling out all the stops," Yes on 204 chairwoman Ann-Eve Pedersen says. "Proposition 204 does nothing to supersede state law defining how state healthcare funds are spent. What Proposition 204 does is provide support for children living near or below the poverty line. For the opposition to say otherwise is being deceitful with the voters. Every child in Arizona should have the opportunity to start school ready to succeed."

We're not sure where CAP came up with the abortion theory, but it hasn't popped up in any non-partisan analysis, nor has it shown up in any other partisan analysis that we're aware of.

One non-partisan analysis, from the Morrison Institute for Public Policy, can be found here.

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Matthew Hendley
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