Texas City Sends Thousands to Planned Parenthood Abortion Business
by Paul Nowak
LifeNews.com Staff Writer
July 14, 2004
Brownsville, TX (LifeNews.com) — The City Commission of Brownsville, Texas approved budgets last week for non-profits, including a $15,000 taxpayer-funded gift to the local Planned Parenthood affiliate.
The decision to fund the abortion business came after representatives from Planned Parenthood of Cameron and Willacy Counties and the Pregnancy Testing Center both sought funding from taxpayer dollars, according to the Brownsville Herald newspaper.
The decision isn’t going over well with pro-life advocates.
"When Planned Parenthood promotes partial birth abortion, it just sickens me," said Charlie Vaughan, who spoke on behalf of Pregnancy Testing Center.
Vaughan argued that it did not make sense to subsidize the abortion business with city tax dollars when Planned Parenthood already receives millions from the federal government.
"It is no surprise that the city of Brownsville has awarded the nation’s largest abortion provider, Planned Parenthood, with a taxpayer funded grant," Stacey Emick, Legislative Director of Texas Right to Life told LifeNews.com. "By misleading the public to believe that they help women, Planned Parenthood Federation of America has drained the taxpayer for decades out of billions of dollars."
"Women, children, and the taxpayer will only be safe when our elected officials stop lining the coffers of abortion providers and start acknowledging how abortion is devastating women and families living in their communities," added Emick. "I look forward to the day when Texas’ city officials will see the benefits of supporting programs that promote motherhood."
In April, Planned Parenthood of Cameron and Willacy Counties lost its financial support from the city of Harlingen, Texas — support that the abortion business said it needed for its teen conference.
Meanwhile, Planned Parenthood affiliates across Texas, and their supporters, have been in the spotlight recently.
In the Waco area, the Bluebonnet Council of the Girl Scouts ended a decade-long sponsorship of Planned Parenthood of Central Texas’ "Nobody’s Fool" conference for youth. Several other organizations have also ceased to support the abortion business in the wake of the Girl Scout Cookie boycott that received national attention.
Supporters of Planned Parenthood of Houston and Central Texas were notified by the Brazos Valley Coalition for Life that their affiliation with Texas’ largest abortion provider would be publicized unless they cut off their funding. Eleven groups have done so, and the names and contact information for the other organizations, including J.P. Morgan, Pfizer, and the Houston Chronicle, have been published by the Coalition for Life.