Monday, April 6, 2009

UPDATE: Orange County Could Defund Planned Parenthood

I hope this catches on and more local governing bodies defund Planned Parenthood. If you live in Orange County, California please support this effort to end the funding of Planned Parenthood.

The unanimous vote cost the abortion provider more than $290,000 -- part of which that came from a tobacco lawsuit settlement. County Supervisor Bill Campbell tells OneNewsNow the supervisors have the votes to send the money to a more pro-life group -- if staff finds that it is legal -- based on the settlement.

"Then if it is, [the next step is to] identify an alternative educational organization that doesn't use as its primary emphasis abortion as a way of handling family-planning situations," he says.

cash closeup bigAccording to Campbell, they do have an organization in mind, one which teaches sexual abstinence -- but it's not 100-percent pro-life.

"They do receive some federal funding and they do actually say as an option you could consider abortion," he explains, "but their emphasis is protecting the life of the child, protecting the mother. They have been funded by one of these national organizations that provides them the sonogram screening."

Which he acknowledges is helpful in convincing a mother not to abort. But before taking up the issue, Campbell says county attorneys must first determine whether it was legal to defund Planned Parenthood.