Sunday, May 03, 2009

Planned Parenthood Fuming over Public Funds in Orange County Calif.

Under threat of lawsuit, Orange County supervisors reversed their previous ban on funding of Planned Parenthood, but instituted new policies to radically limit any future funding to organizations that perform abortion.

-- From "Orange County restores Planned Parenthood sex ed funding" by Paloma Esquivel, Los Angeles Times 4/29/09

In March, supervisors said they could not tolerate funding an organization that performs abortions and voted unanimously to suspend a grant worth nearly $300,000 in tobacco settlement revenue, money earmarked for sex education.

Following the advice of county lawyers, supervisors Tuesday reinstated the grant, with Supervisor John Moorlach, who first brought up the issue, and Supervisor Bill Campbell voting no.

Supervisors then voted unanimously for the county Health Care Agency to adopt policies restricting the use of tobacco settlement revenue at community clinics to direct health services, rather than health education.

In addition to eliminating health education, the new rules say services can't be provided in the same place where abortions are performed.

"Clearly this is an effort to target Planned Parenthood," said Jon Dunn, president and chief executive of Planned Parenthood Orange and San Bernardino Counties . . .

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From "County yanks future funding from abortionists" by Drew Zahn © 2009 WorldNetDaily 5/2/09

. . . the policy requires clinics that offer counseling and family planning services where abortion is discussed to account for the grant money separately, ensuring none of the money is spent on abortion counseling or referrals.

Attorneys from the Alliance Defense Fund have offered to defend the Orange County Board of Supervisors pro bono in the event Planned Parenthood or similar pro-abortion groups challenge the new policy in court.

"Local governments are not required to provide bailout money to the abortion industry," said ADF Senior Legal Counsel Steven H. Aden in a statement. "Taxpayers should not be required to foot the bill for the activities of groups which perform or promote abortions. The Orange County policy is perfectly consistent with similar federal restrictions and does not violate any state or federal laws."

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