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Judge weighs NC funds cutoff of Planned Parenthood

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By EMERY P. DALESIO
Associated Press

WINSTON-SALEM, NC (AP) -- A federal judge is weighing whether to invalidate part of the state budget that cuts off North Carolina's two Planned Parenthood affiliates from federal or state family planning money.

Judge James Beaty said Wednesday he would rule soon on the injunction sought by Planned Parenthood of Central North Carolina to block the Legislature's plan to halt funding.

The organization told the judge in Winston-Salem the Legislature singled it out because Planned Parenthood advocates abortion rights. A state attorney said the Legislature can favor childbirth over abortion with funding decisions.

State and federal laws ban using taxpayer money for abortions and Planned Parenthood says the state can't cut off separate family planning funds.

Federal courts in Kansas and Indiana have blocked laws in those states stripping Planned Parenthood chapters of money.

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

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Planned Parenthood

If the state cannot afford to support Planned Parenthood programs then they should be prepared to support children that are the result of unplanned pregancies from birth until adulthood.

How does Planned Parenthood....

...or any private entity have a RIGHT to money?

This is what is totally wrong with this country - when we try to stop the insane spending, some crackpot liberal judge decides that we HAVE to give money to some non-essential, non-governmental group. Judges like those in Kansas and Indiana are a big part of the problem.

Same thing here

Just the same as the proposed $7 vehicle tax to help support a bus route. It makes too much sense to charge those that actually use the bus, so they figure they can charge people with vehicles who I would suspect have never put one foot on a WAVE bus. I've lived here 21 years and have never used the bus system.

I guess you could say the

I guess you could say the same of oil companies that are getting taxpayer money or corn producers that are also getting taxpayer money.

I disagree with your assertion that Planned Parenthood is 'some non-essential, non-governmental group.'

I am a woman and ob/gyn care is essential to my well being. Ob/gyn care is also very expensive.

While in college, I began having problems with my periods. They were horribly painful, debilitating and, more importantly, I was bleeding so much that I was severely anemic. When I went to my college health clinic, I was given a Midol and iron pills.

So, as a poor college student, I went to the local PP and there I paid next to nothing (since payment was based on my little income working part-time) for excellent and compassionate care. They did a bunch of tests, and gave me some free birth control pills designed to adjust my hormonal levels and control my periods.

Ever since then, I patronized PP for its wonderful staff and caring attitude. While most physicians I deal with spend no more than 5 minutes with them, the staff at PP spent a great deal of time inquiring about my medical history and helping me be a healthy woman.

Especially for women and girls who can't afford expensive ob/gyn care, PP is very important and an integral part to the health of women everywhere.

PP is essential to me as a woman; ironically, it also helps men with STD prevention and testing.

Great story

How does it justify taxpayer funding?

Which is less expensive for

Which is less expensive for the taxpayer...an abortion or supporting an unwanted child from cradle to grave?

It has nothing to do with their mission

I'm in favor of funding abortions and mandating birth control for the indigent on taxpayer assisted programs.

It does, however, have everything to do with their being a private entity and not inherently entitled to state funding.