Planned Parenthood of Central North Carolina filed a federal lawsuit today against the defunding in the state budget.
“Their sole purpose is to single out, vilify, and punish Planned Parenthood as a particularly visible provider and advocate — even though, ironically, the eliminated funds have nothing to do with abortion, but will only deprive low-income people of desperately needed health services and teen pregnancy prevention programs,” the lawsuit said.
Planned Parenthood of Central North Carolina received $287,000 in federal, state and matching local funds in the year that ended last week for teen pregnancy prevention and family planning programs that provided contraceptives to poor women, according to the state Department of Health and Human Services. The non-profit operates from locations in Chapel Hill, Durham, and Fayetteville.
Fingers crossed that the judge here will do as Indiana’s judge did and allow an injunction. Punishing a medical establishment for association with abortions, including life-saving and medically necessary abortion, is not only dangerous but politically irresponsible. These politicians were elected to create jobs and employment opportunities, not make costly moral decisions and impede civil liberties.
Read more about the lawsuit, PPNC and the rest of the anti-choice decisions made in North Carolina at the link.