It happened in DC, and now it's happening here...
Some North Carolina legislators want to prohibit Planned Parenthood from receiving state funding to provide preventive reproductive healthcare.
We need you to stand with us.
On Sunday, June 12, Governor Perdue vetoed the budget sent to her by the legislature. The House has voted to override the veto, the Senate will follow suit.
Planned Parenthood issued the following statement after the June 15th House vote:
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. 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. 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.
Poll finds that a majority of North Carolinians support Planned Parenthood funding. View the poll here.
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. As the budget process moves forward, we must send a clear message to North Carolina elected officials: politically-motivated attacks on Planned Parenthood and basic reproductive healthcare will NOT stand!
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.
What's At Stake
Planned Parenthood receives money from the state to provide preventive healthcare services like teen pregnancy prevention and affordable contraception. Every dollar spent on preventive health 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.
Statement from PPHS VP of Public Policy, Melissa Reed:
"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 and Governor Perdue to soundly reject it."
Learn More About the State Budget
Want to learn more about state buget proposals and the effect they'll 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.