Planned Parenthood Still Fighting for Funds at State Level

With Planned Parenthood's federal funding preserved for another year after the budget fight, social conservatives are now moving to defund it at the state level. Not only is Kansas attempting to strip the clinics from its 2012 budget, but Indiana, North Carolina, New Hampshire and Texas have followed suit, each with its own nefarious provisions. North Carolina, for instance, wants to ban all state contracts with Planned Parenthood for teen pregnancy prevention and family planning -- making it clear that this fight isn't about abortion, but about womens' basic rights to health care. What's next, rolling back the clock on suffrage? Maybe! Fox:

Some states have set their sights beyond Planned Parenthood and targeted public funding for all family planning services.

In Texas, the Republican-controlled House stripped more than $60 million from its proposed state budget plan intended for family planning services, shifting some of the money to anti-abortion programs and crisis pregnancy centers. But the state's Republican senators are fighting those cuts in favor of a version that cuts only $12 million.

Last year, New Jersey's Republican governor, Chris Christie, cut $7.5 million from the state budget for 58 clinics specializing in women's reproductive health, effectively eliminating any public funding for family planning services.

Nash told that the proposed cuts in Texas would have the biggest impact on family planning services. But she said her money is on Indiana becoming the first to defund Planned Parenthood, though certainly not the last. She said the trend is "unfortunate" because family planning is a "fundamental right in this country and it makes sense for people to have support when they do it."

Don't get it twisted, ladies, this is war. Read more here.

AlterNet / By Julianne Escobedo Shepherd

Posted at April 29, 2011, 7:15am

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