Planned Parenthood Fights for Gov't Funds

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Planned Parenthood is facing funding cuts across the country. Several states have already voted to defund the abortion provider and a number of other states are considering similar action. 

New Hampshire announced Thursday that it would not reinstate the $1.8 million of taxpayer funding to Planned Parenthood that was revoked in June by the Granite State health department's executive council.

The Concord Monitor reported that the state health commissioner says he has no plans to reinstate the tax financing to the abortion provider.

Also this summer, lawmakers in North Carolina overrode their Democratic governor's veto, and voted to strip funding for Planned Parenthood from the Tar Heel state's budget.

The measure reads, "The department of Health and Human Services may not provide state fund to Planned Parenthood, Inc. and affiliated organizations."

Barbara Holt, president of the North Carolina Right to Life lobbied the legislature for the change. She says there is no reason for the state to subsidize the abortion business.

"The majority of Americans do not want their tax dollars going to organizations that kill unborn children, perform abortions. And Planned Parenthood is the largest single provider of abortions in the country. They do over 330,000 abortions every year," Holt explained.

CBN News visited one North Carolina Planned Parenthood clinic for reaction to the state's action to slash its funding. The clinic's officials refused to comment.

What's happening in North Carolina is part of a larger effort by Republican legislators nationwide to stop the flow of taxpayer dollars to Planned Parenthood -- both on the state and federal level.

In Washington, D.C., the Republican-controlled House of Representatives passed a similar measure in the federal budget bill, but it failed in the U.S. Senate.

It's happening on the state level as well in Kansas, Indiana, Wisconsin, Texas and New Hampshire, Republican lawmakers have voted to slash funding to Planned Parenthood.

"It's just something I think doorways were open when the legislature became in the hands, controlled by those legislators who consider themselves pro-life," Holt told CBN News.

Steve Aden is an attorney with the Alliance Defense Fund, a group that monitors sanctity of life issues across the nation. He points to recent undercover investigations by the pro-life group Live Action.

The group shot undercover video purportedly showing Planned parenthood workers working with sex traffickers to provide abortions to underage girls.

"They've ignored laws requiring the reporting of sex traffickers and the abuse of minors," Aden said.

Planned Parenthood brings in about a billion dollars a year, but it's still fighting to protect it's government subsidies -- amounting to millions of dollars taxpayer dollars sent to its clinics every year.

In North Carolina, Planned Parenthood is set to lose more than $400,000. Pro-lifers in the state admit that the battle is far from over and that it won't be easy.

Planned Parenthood of Central North Carolina filed suit against the state, arguing that the budget violates federal law and the group's constitutional rights.

The battle is underway in other states as well.

A federal judge put a hold on Indiana's law denying Planned Parenthood funding through Medicaid until a lawsuit challenging the law is settled.

In Kansas a federal judge blocked a defunding law in the Sunflower State -- ruling that it is unconstitutional because it punishes the group for advocating abortion rights.

Planned Parenthood argues that if its funds are cut off -- poor women will have a harder time receiving health care.

That is not true say pro-life opponents.

"There are many ways that women can get health care and their are clinics that are springing up all over the communities. So there will be many ways people will be helped. I just don't buy into what Planned Parenthood is saying and neither did the legislators," Holt said.

"We hope that more light will be shed on Planned Parenthood and other abortion providers and that all of the states will come to recognize that this is not only a waste of taxpayer dollars, but it is immoral and it's got to stop," Aden said.

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