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Some North Carolina legislators want to prohibit Planned Parenthood from receiving state funding to provide preventive reproductive healthcare and education.

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PLEASE CALL AND THANK GOVERNOR BEV PERDUE FOR STANDING UP FOR WOMEN AND CHILDREN AND FOR HER VETO OF THE PROPOSED BUDGET.  Her office number is 919-733-2391.

 


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NORTH CAROLINA 3rd STATE TO BAR PLANNED PARENTHOOD FROM PARTICIPATING IN PUBLIC HEALTH PROGRAMS

State Legislature Overrides Governor’s Veto, Strips Planned Parenthood of State Funding

Raleigh - Planned Parenthood sharply criticized the North Carolina General Assembly for overriding Governor Perdue’s veto of the state budget, which includes an anti-women’s health care provision which would effectively end state and federal funding for Planned Parenthood. The provision will take life-saving cancer screenings, annual exams, birth control, and STI testing and treatment away from low-income and uninsured North Carolina women, men and teens who seek preventive health care at Planned Parenthood.

“Let’s be clear: any elected official who voted for the radical budget provision to bar state funding to Planned Parenthood voted against access to lifesaving cancer screenings and birth control,” said Paige Johnson, Vice-President of Public Policy with Planned Parenthood of Central North Carolina.  “The continued misleading attacks on Planned Parenthood expose a cynical and coldhearted willingness to further a divisive political agenda even if it will deny women access to lifesaving preventive healthcare.”

“Planned Parenthood in North Carolina is considering all options—including litigation—to protect the health care needs of our patients, particularly low-income women and families,” said Melissa Reed, Vice-President of Public Policy with Planned Parenthood Health Systems. “Over 20,000 North Carolinians raised their voices in support of Planned Parenthood this legislative session.  We will make sure that state legislators hear from all of those citizens again on Election Day next year.”     

What's Happening
In April 2011, North Carolina budget writers introduced a "special provision" to the state budget that would prohibit Planned Parenthood from receiving any state funding.  The budget passed out of the NC House along mostly party lines.  Pro-choice champions made many attempts to amend or remove the special provision but all were rejected.  The budget passed easily through the Senate and is now in the hands of Governor Bev Perdue.

What's at Stake
Planned Parenthood receives money from the state to provide preventive healthcare services like affordable contraception, life-saving cancer screenings, STI testing and treatment, as well as, grants for teen pregnancy prevention programs.  Every dollar spent on preventive care saves the state almost four dollars.  Banning state funding to Planned Parenthood hurts women, does not cut the deficit or fix the economy, and must be stopped.

Who We Are
Planned Parenthood is an essential community provider in North Carolina.  Each year, at nine health centers across the state, we provide over 18,000 tests for sexually transmitted infections, over 11,000 life-saving breast and cervical cancer screenings, and contraceptive services to more than 61,000 women.

Statement from PPCNC VP of Public Policy, Paige Johnson:
"This is a coordinated and highly political effort to undermine Planned Parenthood and the health care we provide.  Simply put, their goal is to prevent women from accessing reproductive health care services.  That is unacceptable and immoral.  The special provision in the budget to defund Planned Parenthood is bad policy and bad politics and we urge the state legislature to soundly reject it."

Learn More About the State Budget
Want to learn more about the state budget proposals and the effect they will have on families in North Carolina?  Check out Together NC, a broad and diverse collection of non-profit organizations, service providers, and professional associations who have come together to promote wise choices for shared prosperity for all North Carolinians.

What the Voters Say
A Public Policy poll of North Carolina voters conducted April 19-20 shows that a majority of voters DO NOT SUPPORT a ban on funding for Planned Parenthood.  There is strong support for our teen peer education, adolescent parenting programs, and our provision of life-saving cancer screenings, STI testing and treatment, and affordable birth control.

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