An article that highlights the painful implications for the state budget’s Planned Parenthood cuts was published in Yes! Weekly this morning.
It stated that the legislature’s decision to remove $434,000 from Planned Parenthood funding by eliminating both its state and federal funds would be harmful for North Carolina, Guilford and Forsyth counties in particular.
The common complaint is that none of these funds are being used for abortions, only for all of the other disease – preventing and birth control-spreading programs and is therefore a “political move to target the healthcare provider because of its abortion services.”
Well, they finally have something right, that is exactly the point.
Rep. Paul “Skip” Stam (R – Wake) confirmed this point saying, “If you’re providing these funds for other things, you’re essentially strengthening its infrastructure to do abortions.”
Nationally, 1 in 10 women that go to Planned Parenthood use the organization for their abortion services and abortions count for one third of Planned Parenthood’s funding. Another 33 percent of its funding ($363 M) comes from American taxpayers.
Defunding Planned Parenthood in North Carolina has nothing do with women’s health and everything to do with keeping the #1 abortion provider in the state from lobbying our legislators for lucrative gain and encouraging an abortion-on-demand culture.