NC budget cuts funding to Planned Parenthood
RALEIGH (WTVD) -- Critics are fuming over a major hit to Planned Parenthood's funding after the Republican budget effectively shut down state dollars to the non-profit.
Republicans tried the same thing last year and failed after a judge said they couldn't single out Planned Parenthood.
Ironically, that ruling was finalized just a few days ago just a few days before Republicans passed a new budget that does the same thing. It strips away Planned Parenthood funding, without singling the group out.
When Republicans voted late Monday night to override Gov. Bev Perdue's veto of the budget, they voted for a spending plan that changed some rules for the Department of Health and Human Services.
Now, HHS can't contract with "private providers" of family planning services. Republicans didn't specify Planned Parenthood, but they didn't have to.
"Planned parenthood is the only family provider that the Health Department contracts with," said Planned Parenthood's Melissa Reed.
Reed told ABC11 it was a way of getting around a court order that says the state can't single out the nonprofit. However, in this budget, the group will lose $200,000 in state money. Reed said all of it would only go to preventative services that most often go to low income women.
"What this essentially does is it removes us as a safety net provider for an already burdened Health Department," said Reed.
Republicans point out that the budget does include almost $350,000 in additional funding for county health departments to provide the same services. However, Reed said the dollars go farther at Planned Parenthood.
"It's basic health care for women that's under attack," said Reed.
House Majority Leader Paul Stam disagrees, but he didn't try to hide his dislike for Planned Parenthood. Off camera Wednesday, Stam said they do more harm than good. Last year, he said the nonprofit's clinics do assembly line abortions.
Reed said only seven percent of Planned Parenthood's resources go toward abortions with none of that money coming from the state. Reed also said the drop in state funding will also make the cost of pharmaceuticals go up at Planned Parenthood, specifically birth control.
However, for women who rely on birth control, there is some good news. Under the Affordable Care Act, birth control will be free for most women starting later this year.
general assembly, inside politics, jon camp
- Possible tornado damage reported in Franklin County
- Get the ABC11 First Alert Weather App
- Like ABC11 on Facebook
- LIVE North Carolina Weather Radar
- Southern Pines officer remembered
- Wake County Schools names new superintendent
- UCLA defeats Wolfpack 2-1 at College World Series
- James helps Heat stave off elimination in Game 6
- Chrysler agrees to recall of Jeeps at risk of fire
- Did Wake Co teacher encourage bullying?
- UNC ousts Tigers from CWS with 4-2 win
- Are there repercussions to 'Moral Monday' arrests?
- New charge for man in Raleigh hit and run
- Fayetteville man faces 139 sex charges
Most Viewed StoriesMost Viewed VideoMost Viewed Photos