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Planned Parenthood targeted in budget

Posted September 15, 2015

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— Tucked into the 636 pages of the budget document unveiled late Monday is a provision that appears to be aimed squarely at pregnancy prevention programs run by the state's largest abortion provider.

The provision on page 163 would ban the state Department of Health and Human Services from contracting for "family planning services, pregnancy prevention activities, or adolescent parenting programs with any provider that performs abortions."

According to Planned Parenthood South Atlantic Vice President Melissa Reed, the proposal targets her group, the only one in the state that provides both abortion and teen pregnancy prevention services.

Reed says her group runs two teen pregnancy prevention programs: the Teen Parenting Prevention program in Fayetteville, funded by a $75,000 grant, and Adolescent Parenting in Wilmington, funded by a $60,000 grant, working with 30 teen parents to prevent a second pregnancy. Planned Parenthood has run those programs for more than a decade.

"Both programs have been funded repeatedly through an open and competitive process because we deliver excellent results. We consistently have excellent evaluations from the state," Reed said. "Pure politics is only reason Planned Parenthood would be singled out to be banned from competing for these grants."

If those programs are ended, Reed says, there's a good chance teen pregnancies will increase.

"It's disappointing that these political attacks will affect the young people in those communities," she said.

Rep. Skip Stam, R-Wake, a longtime opponent of Planned Parenthood, said he would prefer that teens get pregnancy prevention and sexual education services from other sources, such as public health departments.

"You don't want to have people who are vulnerable, like young women, having to go to abortion clinics to get family planning because they like to sell their product," Stam said of Planned Parenthood. "They make a whole lot more money on abortion than they do on anything else. That's where their big money is."

Reed said Stam's characterization is incorrect. "Actually, the majority of our income is from donations from individuals who care about women's health care," she responded.

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  • Brenda Bender Sep 16, 2015
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    Edited or not, the truth was presented. They are seeking to make profits on fetal tissue.

  • Angela Wall Sep 16, 2015
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    John, let me correct a mathematical fallacy that you have there...a certain thing may only be 3% of "what they do", but the important part is how they are measuring "what they do". Does this mean that only 3% of customers coming in the door are getting abortions? Does this mean that their employees only spend 3% of their time giving abortions? How is 3% being measured?? Also, "what you do" and "how much money you make" are two different things. Even if abortion makes up only 3% of their customers or employee hours (or whatever other obscure unit they might be using) it certainly DOES NOT mean that only 3% of revenues are received from abortion. Those who claim that Federal taxpayer money is not used for abortion are mistaken. If you get an abortion and pay for it you can deduct that expense from your taxable income, which means you are indeed using taxpayer money to fund that abortion. See IRS Topic 502 - Medical and Dental Expenses http://www.irs.gov/taxtopics/tc502.html

  • Paul Maxwell Sep 16, 2015
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    Thanks Matt, you said it first.
    This is just another example of the NCGA pandering to the religious right.

  • Matt Wood Sep 16, 2015
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    Those videos were highly edited and chopped up to make it look like something it was not. Perhaps you're a Trump supporter?

  • Randy Riddle Sep 16, 2015
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    I suppose that legislators who support this bill think that the poor who use Planned Parenthood's family planning services can just go back to making condoms out of sheep intestines like people did in the 19th century.

  • Alan Osborne Sep 16, 2015
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    "If those programs are ended, Reed says, there's a good chance teen pregnancies will increase" That would benefit the abortion side correct, you should be happy!

    Reed said Stam's characterization is incorrect. "Actually, the majority of our income is from donations from individuals who care about women's health care," she responded". if that is true then make public all your donors and prove it!

  • Erika Phipps Sep 15, 2015
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    http://nypost.com/2015/08/03/planned-parenthoods-pathetic-3-percent-lie/

  • Robert Richardson Sep 15, 2015
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    Of course he is but people who believe like he does will gobble it up as the straight truth.

  • John Snow Sep 15, 2015
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    "They make a whole lot more money on abortion than they do on anything else. That's where their big money is."

    So, what this proves is that skip stam is deliberately deceitful,, or at the very least wildly uninformed. Abortions comprise about 3% of what planned parenthood does. It is frightening that he is in a role with any authority.