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Planned Parenthood sues NC budget

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By EMERY P. DALESIO
Associated Press

RALEIGH, NC (AP) -- Planned Parenthood is going to federal court to fight the new North Carolina budget that cuts it off from receiving federal and state funds for family planning.

The lawsuit filed Thursday in Greensboro by Planned Parenthood of Central North Carolina says the group is being punished for its abortion-rights advocacy and that violates its free-speech protections.

The group got nearly $290,000 in federal, state and matching local funds last year to provide contraceptives to poor women and for teen pregnancy prevention.

Planned Parenthood says state and federal laws bar taxpayer money from being used for abortions. The organization contends North Carolina lawmakers cut off contracts to punish it for performing abortions using other money.

The non-profit group operates clinics in Durham, Fayetteville and Chapel Hill.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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Funny...

Complaining about this. Abortion clinics do NOT use government money to pay for them, it is up to the patient. Also, birth control will NOT be free, just because federal funding is available. It just makes it more affordable. If everyone was to practice abstinence, none of us would be here. Teach the kids about safe sex and birth control so they can become responsible adults in the future.

I have paid for a couple

I have paid for a couple abortions and never received a dime off of the government. I think if people want an abortion or want contraceptives, they need to pay for like the rest of us. Remember there is nothing free in this world and someone has to pay for it. There is no free lunch line, or bus ride someone always has to pay, and taxes are how it is. Why punish the tax payers of this state for something that you need to own up to.

Another waste of funds

every state and the Feds are facing severe budget shortfalls.

The United States is on the verge of default should the Congress not approve a debt ceiling increase. And the White House is being obstinate by refusing to accept no tax increase and a cut in give away spending.

Minnesota is operating with no budget. They have a $5 Billion budget shortfall which the Governor would not work to cover through some entitlement spending cuts and the Legislature would not agree to tax increases.

So now these folks are upset because there's no funding for contraceptives for poor women and to fight teen preganancy.

On the first issue -- practice abstinence.

On the second, let the parents do their job. And if they can not, let the parents assume the financial burden.

The only ones who will profit are the attorneys.

Some what agree.

I agree espically as an adult you should know how to practice safe sex and if you cant afford it you shouldnt be doing it at all, but teens dont think these things through, they should but they dont and parents arent always around, so if we take away programs that offer things like this then when these girls get pregnant they are just going to go on state assistance for medicaid and food stamps and us tax payers are still going to foot the bill, so wouldnt it be cheaper and less of a burden to keep a program like this that helps somewhat control unwanted pregnancies than cut it and have more unwanted pregnancies than before? or atleast have a discounted program to help! Just a thought.

Perhaps their families should assume responsibility?

Where did we ever get this crazy idea that the taxpayers must pick up the tab for sexually irresponsible people?

If they're under the age of majority, then grandma and grandpa (both sets, if known) should be paying to feed, clothe, and care for this kid....or paying to get the problem "fixed" before it has to be fed.

Make these women pick up their TANF and EBT cards at DSS once they're out on their own. That way we can force them to get a depro shot when due and they won't be having any more as long as we are paying for them.

I'm also a big fan of REALLY ramping up our child support laws to the point where guys think long and hard before they jump into bed and don't bother to think about contraception. The child support laws are a joke.

Our attitude toward these societal leeches is entirely too permissive and too sympathetic.

If parents can not

tech their children and monitor their child's activities, they should not be parents or they should foot the entire bill.

My HS graduating class had 350 students, approximately. We had one young lady who walked down for her diploma and the gown hid her bulge. Her parents met with the young man and his parents; they got married before the birth. The parents accepted responsibility for the stupidity of their children.

Chapel Hill just took a $100 Million hit for the current fiscal budget. Every facet of state activity which requires state or federal funding is being cut.

Tough choices have to be made. And parenting should be in the home and not a function of government or some semi-government agency.

While I may support your goals....

...you have no inherent "right" to funding. The government has a right to eliminate funding to any entity or program not mandated under law.

So go ahead and shop around for some left-wing whacko judge (you won't have to go far) but in the end you will lose this fight after blowing millions.

BTW, I don't know who your attorney is, but anyone who has even a rudimentary knowledge of federal case law knows that free speech does indeed have to be "free." Is my right of free speech being violated because the state won't buy me my own radio station? That's the premise of your argument - since the state won't give you money, you can't exercise your free speech.

That's total nonsense. You're as free to speak as you have ever been, and just as it's always been, you simply have to "speak" within your budget.

I agree Common

I couldn't agree more Common. While I am a huge supporter of this organization and feel their message is very important...it is still a private organization and therefore has no real "right" to government funding. I will say there are far less deserving organizations that should be cut first, but I'm not an elected official so it's not up to me.