October 1, 2015
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
CONTACT: Demi Dowdy (919) 834-2099 Demi.Dowdy@NCCivitas.org
RALEIGH – Civitas Institute President Col Francis X. De Luca USMCR (Ret) has joined 140 other conservative leaders who have signed a pledge to oppose any bill that grants taxpayer funds to Planned Parenthood, the nation’s largest abortion provider.
The pledge, released this week, states, “Planned Parenthood’s most recent financial report shows that $528.4 million of its revenue in 2014 came from federal, state and local governments. Funding Planned Parenthood is a conscience violation for every taxpayer.”
De Luca had strong words for Republicans who fail to oppose the abortion provider.
“As a private corporation, Planned Parenthood has no right to any taxpayer funding whatsoever,” De Luca said. “Profiting from the sale of the organs of babies is a felony, and they must be held accountable for their inhumane treatment of human remains. If Republicans won’t take this action, they should stop calling themselves conservatives.”
Other signatories include Michael Needham, CEO of Heritage Action; Lila Rose, founder of Live Action; and Dr. Alveda King, director of African-American Outreach at Priests for Life.
The pledge can be read in its entirety here.
Francis De Luca is available for interviews. To arrange one, contact Demi Dowdy at 919-834-2099 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Founded in 2005, the Civitas Institute is a Raleigh, NC-based, 501(c)(3) nonprofit policy organization committed to creating a North Carolina whose citizens enjoy liberty and prosperity derived from limited government, personal responsibility and civic engagement. To that end, Civitas develops and advocates for conservative policy solutions to improve the lives of all North Carolinians. Civitas provides research, information and training to:
- empower citizens to become better civic leaders and more informed voters;
- educate emerging public leaders, enabling them to be more effective in the democratic process; and
- inform elected officials about citizen-based, free-market solutions to problems facing North Carolinians.