[Image: a CGI fetus in the third trimester.]
Kudos to the champs in the North Carolina Senate for standing up for life.
The North Carolina state legislature passed legislation on Wednesday that will strip Planned Parenthood of its funding in the state, making the Tar Heel state the third in the nation to defund the non-profit family planning and health care organization.
In a 31-19 state Senate vote, North Carolina lawmakers overrode Democratic Governor Beverly Perdue’s veto of the bill, a two-year budget that cuts taxes, reduces environmental oversight power, and slashes funding for a number of educational and medical programs, including Planned Parenthood.
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Just for all the “Planned Parenthood provides life saving services for women” people out there:
- Planned Parenthood is the largest abortion provider in the United States
- Planned Parenthood aborted 332,278 abortions in 2009 (roughly enough to populate the city of Tulsa, Oklahoma)
- Planned Parenthood encourages secret abortions for minors
- Planned Parenthoot received $363 million of taxpayer dollars in 2009
Planned Parenthood needs only to do one thing to have its taxpayer funding reinstated in NC: stop performing abortions.
Oh please. I call bullshit on your Planned Parenthood “facts.” Abortion is only 3% of what Planned Parenthood provides. Contraception is well over 30%, and the vast majority of what they provide is free or affordable quality sexual health care for women. And hell, someone has to be the “biggest” abortion provider. They would also only “encourage secret abortions for minors” if it were within the law of that state and if it was best for that minor’s life. Parental notification is not necessarily a good thing because many minors live in abusive households. Why should they have no rights to safety if they become pregnant?
[Image: a pie graph labeled, “Patient Care Provided By Planned Parenthood Affiliate Health Centers”. It is based on 2008 figures, a year which saw 10.9 million services. Abortion is only 3%. Contraception, 35%. STD/STI Testing and Treatment, 34%. Cancer Screening and Prevention, 17%. Other Women’s Health Services, 10%. Other Services, 1%.]
Besides, because of all the contraception they provide, Planned Parenthood prevents nearly a million abortions per year. Should be a win-win, I figure. It should absolutely not be defunded.