Louisville City Council Scraps Planned Parenthood "Abstinence" Funding

State   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Jun 26, 2003   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

Louisville City Council Scraps Planned Parenthood "Abstinence" Funding

by Steven Ertelt
LifeNews.com Editor
June 26, 2003

Louisville, KY (LifeNews.com) — By a vote of 16 to 10, the Louisville city council scrapped $6000 earmarked in the city budget for an "abstinence" program at Western Middle School sponsored by Planned Parenthood.

Michael Janocik, the Associate Director of Kentucky Right to Life, told LifeNews.com his group was elated at the news.

"We applaud the Louisville Metro Council for rescinding the proposed funding for Planned Parenthood from budget," Janocik said.

Led by Kentucky Right to Life and Right to Life of Louisville, pro-life advocates appealed to the city council to oppose funding the local affiliate of the larger abortion business in the country — whether the funds were used for abortions or not.

"Taxpayers understand that by funding Planned Parenthood, this Council will participate in freeing other resources that will be used to promote abortion on demand," explained Joyce Daugherty, Vice President of Right to Life of Louisville.

Although not all Kentucky Planned Parenthood affiliates perform abortions, the Louisville facility, which would have received the city funding, does.