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Planned Parenthood decries NC budget cut

Posted June 27, 2011
Updated June 28, 2011

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— Following the lead of states like Indiana and Kansas, the Republican-led North Carolina legislature inserted a provision in the state budget targeting funding to Planned Parenthood.

The provider of family planning services will no longer be able to do business with the state or compete for the Department of Health and Human Services grants and contracts that amounted to $434,000 in 2010-11.

"It's just a political attack against Planned Parenthood and the thousands of men and women we serve," said Patty Dillon, the nonprofit's North Carolina field coordinator.

Although Planned Parenthood may be most associated in the public eye with providing abortion services, Dillon said state money isn't used to defray the cost of abortions.

"Abortions are a very important procedure we provide, but the majority of the services we provide are preventable (illness) services," she said.

Last year, for example, Planned Parenthood provided 18,000 tests for sexually transmitted infections, more than 11,000 breast and cervical cancer screenings and more than 61,000 contraceptives in North Carolina. A majority of the tests and contraceptives went to low-income women.

Republican legislative leaders say cutting off state funding isn't a major issue, saying it amounts to about 4 percent of Planned Parenthood's budget in North Carolina.

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Still, House Majority Leader Paul Stam said the move has an ideological basis, noting many lawmakers don't want to support an organization that provides abortions.

"If you're providing these funds for other things, you're essentially strengthening its infrastructure to do abortions," said Stam, R-Wake. "We're just providing those services through the public health department rather than a political organization."

Indiana lawmakers recently passed legislation to block Medicaid funding to Planned Parenthood, but a federal judge has stopped the law from taking effect. Planned Parenthood filed a federal lawsuit Monday over a provision in Kansas' next state budget that would prevent the organization from receiving federal funding for family planning services.

Dillon said North Carolina's move will put more pressure on the public health system, making low-income patients the biggest losers.

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  • GetRight Jun 29, 2011

    archangel44369

    Read up on the sordid history of PP, if you dare. For those of you who currently support them... you will not like what you find. for those of you who think the forced/coerced sterilization of women in NC (mostly black) was wrong (I DO!), you really need to do some reading!

    http://saynsumthn.wordpress.com/2011/06/20/nc-grapples-with-legacy-of-eugenics-and-racist-sterilization-programs-funded-by-planned-parenthood-financier/

    http://www.dianedew.com/sanger.htm

    http://saynsumthn.wordpress.com/2011/06/23/north-carolina-eugenics-victims-finally-getting-heard-planned-parenthood-connection-censored-out/

  • GetRight Jun 29, 2011

    "98 percent of Planned Parenthood’s services to pregnant women (abortion, adoption, and prenatal care) are abortion. According to Planned Parenthood’s 2009 report, it performed 332,278 abortions, saw, 7,021 prenatal care clients, and made 977 adoption referrals."

    http://www.nationalreview.com/corner/264631/senator-kyls-defense-michael-j-new

    This means that less than 0.3% of the pregnant women that enter a PP clinic are referred for adoption. 99.7% of the pregnant women who enter a PP clinic have an abortion.

    Based on those numbers alone, would anyone think it unfair to say that PP is selling abortions to pregnant women instead of giving them fair and unbiased pregnancy counseling?

  • archangel44369 Jun 29, 2011

    It's just sad that innocent children are slaughtered for the sake of "oops"... There are plenty of couples that can't have children that are happy to adopt. Planned parenthood may have started out with good intentions but they're nothing but a baby slaughterhouse. I don't care if the "State" or the "Feds" give them the Ok to do these unspeakable crimes against humanity.
    Save the Whales.....Protect endangered species.....Adopt a pet...all nice and good things. "Save a baby and adopt" and people are screaming for the right to destroy an innocent human life...
    Unbelievable......

    I'm glad the funds for planned parenthood are being cut. Maybe..just maybe..one of these babies meant for the chopping block with be the one who finds a cure for some disease...
    or discovers something beneficial for all.

  • loprestw Jun 29, 2011

    Native Americans had an old saying; " Shame on a man who takes a women and cannot provide food fot his children".
    Stop the medicaid and other free handouts, make people be responsible for their actions. QUIT REWARDING THEM FOR BEING IRRESPONSIBLE.

  • stupiditydeservesnosympathy Jun 29, 2011

    It's sad that people on here want others to be responsible for their actions, but then don't want them to receive any help for the consquences of those actions. Kind hypocritical to me. If society is to reduce unwanted kids and women on welfare- there needs to be sex ed in schools, community and abortions for those who become pregnant.

  • stupiditydeservesnosympathy Jun 29, 2011

    There are alternatives to abortion, such as adoption. I don't agree with abortion...never have...never will.

    dkp

    Don't agree with abortion- don't have one. Adoption is not the anwser either- we have enough kids waiting to be adopted-don't need anymore. If anything I am against adoption - it's like a person throwing away their kid. If you can't afford to raise a kid- don't have one.

  • stupiditydeservesnosympathy Jun 29, 2011

    Planned Parenthood should never recieve a penny of tax-payers' money. Abortion doctors and plastic surgeons have a higher standard of living than do doctors who save lives. PP is the Gestapo arm of the Democratic Party in the USA.
    BubbaDukeforPresident

    You think a doctor that has to have security and worry about being killed by religious nuts is a better way of life? Keep drinking that Right WIng Koolaid. Pregnancy should be the choice of a woman, not mandated because the condom broke. If you had to go through pregnancy you might understand.

  • stupiditydeservesnosympathy Jun 29, 2011

    them by vacuuming the baby out into a disposal is your answer? Good grief. think about what you are saying!
    aetius476

    No, Abortion is a hard decision but is it right to bring a child into the world when you are unable to take care of it. When it doesn't have two parents to raise it? When it is ignored , abused or unloved? Better a man not be born then suffer I say. It humane.

  • stupiditydeservesnosympathy Jun 29, 2011

    And to you, murder is the solution.
    Keepin_it_real_in_NC

    You call it murder- I call it doing the right thing. Point is if a woman can't or won't be a parent they don't need to bring an innocent life in this world. Responsible people make those hard decisions every day. I bet you won't be the one to take care of a kid for a teenage mother so she could go to school, Would you? If not don't tell others what to do with their bodies.

  • dkp Jun 28, 2011

    Try being AMERICAN and not an IDEOLOGY. Just try it. You cant. You're brainwashed beyond repair by 2 ideologies. Sad but funny.

    What exactly is the blueprint for being an AMERICAN? The fact of the matter is there are many Americans who answer to a higher power than that of the government and an atheistic, socialist agenda. I'm proud of my faith and I don't consider myself brainwashed. Are you not brainwashed by the liberal ideology?

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