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Judge halts NC Planned Parenthood cut

Posted August 19, 2011

— U.S. District Judge James A. Beaty Jr temporarily blocked a provision in the North Carolina state budget which would cut off ban Planned Parenthood and its affiliates from receiving any contracts or grants from the state health agency.

Beaty said he was granting a request by one of the state's two Planned Parenthood affiliates to halt implementation of the restriction until a lawsuit challenging it has been decided.

Planned Parenthood of Central North Carolina sued in July to strike down the funding ban, arguing that the group is being punished for its abortion-rights advocacy, and its free-speech protections are being violated.

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Beaty's move follows similar moves by judges in Indiana and Kansas who have stayed implementation of similar restrictions. It reinstates more than $200,000 for Planned Parenthood of Central North Carolina.

In a statement after the ruling, Planned Parenthood's Vice President of Public Policy Melissa Reed wrote, "The unconstitutional special provision in the budget passed by the NC General Assembly to ban funding to Planned Parenthood for preventive health care for women was an attempt to punish Planned Parenthood for our strong belief in advocating for and providing comprehensive reproductive health care for women and men in North Carolina. Judge Beaty's ruling will allow us to continue providing low cost birth control and life saving cancer screening to men and women in need."

In writing the budget, Republican leaders pointed to Planned Parenthood's abortion services, but state and federal laws already ban using taxpayer funds for abortions. 

The public funding that Planned Parenthood receives is earmarked for family planning, primary health care for low-income women, and testing for sexually transmitted diseases, and there was no indication the group had mingled its money, Special Deputy Attorney General Mabel Bullock has said.

Planned Parenthood of Central North Carolina operates clinics in Chapel Hill, Durham, and Fayetteville. The group said without the funds, it will probably have to close its Durham health clinic, end a teen pregnancy prevention program and lay off eight employees.

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  • obxdreamin Aug 19, 7:58 p.m.

    oceanchild71: I agree with you.
    Its sad most people do not care about people in need of help!

  • jet2rdu Aug 19, 7:57 p.m.

    "this is the 2nd of your Republican's cuts that is getting struck down....that's what they get for being petty and spiteful" scuse2
    No, this is the wishes of the voters of NC, who elected their representitives, being struck down by an Obama appointed activist judge.

  • Made In USA Aug 19, 7:57 p.m.

    I imagine Bev Perdue had a lot to do with this. Darn, we gotta pay for people's birth control pills and we got to pay for when they don't take them. WE cannot afford these perks anymore. Our state is broke. We are broke. America is broke. Surely PP clients can use a condomn instead. And those poor babies. God must be getting madder and madder at how things are going down here.

  • oceanchild71 Aug 19, 7:55 p.m.

    Thank goodness common sense prevailed!!! Which is more expensive: providing low-cost birth control or paying for another mouth to feed? Providing cancer screening and catching problems earlier rather than later or having people have to go on Medicaid to get the care they need! THANK YOU JUDGE BEATY!!!

  • jet2rdu Aug 19, 7:54 p.m.

    On November 4, 2009, President Barack Obama renominated Wynn for the seat on the Fourth Circuit to which he had previously been nominated. His nomination was confirmed by the full Senate on August 5, 2010 by unanimous consent.

    Elections have consequences.

  • Tax Man Aug 19, 7:52 p.m.

    Just unbelieveable! A completely private company getting our hard earned money for a non-governmental purpose. All these funds should be locked up until the final case is settled at the US Supreme Court. How can the state be forced to pay for things it has not authorized???? We need a state law to say Planned Parenthood is a for profit company and start collecting taxes from them - all the way back to the date they first popped up in NC! Shameful!

  • scuse2 Aug 19, 7:49 p.m.

    this is the 2nd of your Republican's cuts that is getting struck down....that's what they get for being petty and spiteful