North Carolina has joined a growing list of states that don’t want to support Planned Parenthood with taxpayer dollars.
Under a new budget approved July 3, the state will send the $434,000 that was formerly sent to Planned Parenthood to county health departments in the next fiscal year. Though Gov. Beverly Perdue vetoed the budget, lawmakers banded together to override her.
This is the second time North Carolina has passed such a law and overcome a veto by the governor.
In 2011, eight states passed legislation that diverted a combined $61.7 million in family-planning funds from Planned Parenthood to state or county agencies for health screenings and other services that don’t include abortion; today, the Obama administration bypassed the law in Tennessee to directly fund Planned Parenthood Greater Memphis.
This year, Arizona, Iowa, Ohio, Oklahoma and New Hampshire joined North Carolina, according to the Susan B. Anthony List (SBA), which has aided all the states defunding the abortion seller.
“Planned Parenthood is an abortion-centered, profit-driven business, not the caring health provider for women and girls they purport to be. They neither need nor deserve taxpayer dollars,” said SBA President Marjorie Dannenfelser. “This budget adjustment does not cut a dime of family planning funding. It does protect the consciences of pro-life taxpayers by sending funds to county health departments.
“Americans nationwide are firmly resolved to defund big abortion and protect the conscience rights of taxpayers,” she added. “North Carolina legislators will not be the last to take action.”