California Assembly Rejects Measure to Stop Abortion Funding
by Steven Ertelt
July 8, 2003
Sacramento, CA (LifeNews.com) — A budget plan by Republican legislators that included a measure to cut abortion funding was rejected by the California state assembly on Sunday 45-27. The legislative body, controlled by Democrats, voted against the budget plan mostly for unrelated reasons.
However, some legislators blasted the cut in the state family planning funds proposed in the plan. Planned Parenthood, the largest abortion business in the U.S., is the largest recipient of the family planning money.
The pro-life provision would have eliminated any family planning funds sent to Planned Parenthood that are not matched by federal dollars.
According to Jan Carroll, the Associate Director of the California Pro-Life Council, the net effect of the provision would have been to eliminate state funding of abortion with the very rare exceptions of rape incest, or an abortion deemed necessary to save the life of the mother.
“We have a hopelessly pro-abortion and pro-Planned Parenthood Legislature, but any time there is an opportunity to remind the legislators and the voters that they are fully funding abortion-on-demand in California with hard-earned tax dollars, and that Planned Parenthood gets a large piece of that blood money—that is a good thing. Someday we will succeed," Carroll explained.