North Carolina Legislature Overrides Governor’s Veto


In a move that is sadly unsurprising, North Carolina legislators gathered together to override Governor Bev Perdue’s veto of a budget which would have, among other things, defunded the Planned Parenthood affiliates in that state.

Via Huffington Post:

Planned Parenthood of North Carolina (PPNC), which has nine clinics across the state, provides affordable birth control, preventative health care and family planning services to over 25,000 men and women. Without the $434,000 a year it usually receives in state and federal funds, Planned Parenthood says it will now have to axe its teen pregnancy prevention and adolescent parenting programs and force its low-income patients to pay out of pocket.

“The biggest impact is gonna be on the men and women we serve,” said Melissa Reed, vice president of public policy for Planned Parenthood Health Systems. “There are 12- to 14-week waits for women to get into the health department for birth control or breast cancer screenings, but we can see patients the very same week. The health department relies on Planned Parenthood to fill that gap, and now we will be prohibited from serving as that essential safety net provider.”

Well over half of the state’s residents oppose defunding the health care provider, according to a recent poll.

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  • ukrainian-american

    It is time that planned parenthood separated abortion clinics from the Women Health Services.

    I believe in abortions and womens rights but the women need to pay for the procedure not the

    American people.  This is a choice decision.  As long as the govenments funds planned parenthood the way they have been, women will not take responsibility for their sexual activities.  When you start paying for the procedure, surprisely, women become more careful and planned parenthood does provide numerous birth control devices.  If you do not smoke and do not do drugs, they have a device that is 99% effective for 5 years and is an excellent choice.

  • crowepps

    I believe in abortions and womens rights but the women need to pay for the procedure not the American people.

    Wait a minute, when did women stop being “American people”?

  • prochoiceferret

    It is time that planned parenthood separated abortion clinics from the Women Health Services.

     

    Why should they do that? It’s like separating a heart-surgery center from cardiac-care services.

     

    I believe in abortions and womens rights but the women need to pay for the procedure not the American people.

     

    What if the women are poor, and unable to afford the procedure on their own? Are the American people willing to pay for her prenatal care, delivery, child care, and (potentially) incarceration costs?

     

    As long as the govenments funds planned parenthood the way they have been, women will not take responsibility for their sexual activities.  When you start paying for the procedure, surprisely, women become more careful

     

    Wait, what? Since when? What does family-planning funding have to do with women “taking responsibility” for their sexual activity? Did you make this assertion with actual evidence to back it up, or did you just pull it out of your patootie? And why are you so focused on womens’ responsibility, anyways? What about the responsibility of men?

     

    and planned parenthood does provide numerous birth control devices.  If you do not smoke and do not do drugs, they have a device that is 99% effective for 5 years and is an excellent choice.

     

    Maybe if more politicians were willing to fully fund Planned Parenthood instead of taking money away, more women would be able to afford this long-acting birth-control device.

  • ack

    Taxpayer dollars do not pay for abortions. The anti-choicers have done a good job of saying that the government pays for abortion, but that does not make it true.

  • arekushieru

    Having an abortion IS taking responsibility.  Why should a woman be forced to take responsibility for something that’s outside of her control, anyways?  Pregnancy is a result of having two X-chromosomes, after all, not something that a woman can voluntarily control, y’know….  Women have ALways taken the brunt of the responsibility for their sexual activities, their male counterparts inCLUded.  And, MOST women who have had abortions used some form of birth control.  

    Why should women have to pay for a legal, medical procedure to attend to their sexual reproductive health care, when the equivalent is not demanded of men?

    Again, women are not only expected to take on ALL the responsibility, on THEIR part AND the men’s, AND the responsibility of the default position but the blame, as well?  Wow, can you say… misogyny?  After all, you two seem VERY well acquainted.