Lawmakers write Planned Parenthood out of the budget (again)

Posted May 24, 2012

— Republican lawmakers in the state House are trying to take funding away from Planned Parenthood in this year's budget after being rebuffed by the courts last year. 

Planned Parenthood is a nonprofit group that provides a variety of women's health services. Those services in some cases include abortions, making the group a target for social conservatives in the GOP. 

Last year, lawmakers tried to do something similar but a federal judge blocked the move, saying it was illegal for lawmakers to single out a individual nonprofit. 

To get around the problems cited in that order, lawmakers wrote language that describes what Planned Parenthood does but doesn't specify the group: 

Of the funds appropriated in this act to the Department of Health and Human Services for the 2012-2013 fiscal year, none shall be allocated to renewing, extending, or entering into new contracts for the provision of family planning services and pregnancy prevention activities with providers other than local health departments. Upon the expiration of any contracts in effect during the 2011-2012 fiscal year between the Division of Public Health and private providers of family planning services and pregnancy prevention activities, the Department shall reallocate three hundred forty-three thousand dollars ($343,000) of these contract funds to local health departments. Local health departments receiving funds under this section shall not contract with outside vendors for the provision of family planning services or pregnancy prevention activities. These services shall be provided directly by local health department recipients. This section does not apply to contracts administered by the Department pursuant to G.S. 130A-131.15A.

“What these politicians ignore is the trusted relationship our patients have with Planned Parenthood health care providers. Forcing them to go to an already overburdened health department is just playing politics with women’s health and it doesn’t save the state a dime,” said Paige Johnson, Vice President of Public Affairs for Planned Parenthood of Central North Carolina.

House Democrats attempted to pluck the measure from the budget today but were voted down. That means it will likely be part of the full budget the House considers next week. 


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  • heisenberg May 25, 2012

    Planned Parenthood is what will keep your daughter's college education from being derailed? Seriously?

  • hairyknuckle May 25, 2012

    Here's what I don't understand: don't the rich white state representatives realize that if they take away Planned Parenthood, they'll be knee deep in children of the poor? Everyone will still have all the sex they want, in the name of the Lord, of course, and there won't be any family planning available on a sliding scale. Oh and I hope those legislators don't forget that their own college age daughters won't have access to discreet and next-to-free birth control. Nothing like derailing your own daughters' college education with an unplanned pregnancy!

  • Unbroken May 25, 2012

    Thank god that this will lead to more jobs in North Carolina.

  • dfmlythr May 24, 2012

    War on women! GOP equals hate....

  • Obama-Democrats 2012 May 24, 2012

    Please do, we want you to make fools of yourselves and loose in November.