Pro-Life Law Firm Offers to Help Orange County Against Planned Parenthood Grant

State   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Apr 29, 2009   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

Pro-Life Law Firm Offers to Help Orange County Against Planned Parenthood Grant

by Steven Ertelt
LifeNews.com Editor
April 29
, 2009

Santa Ana, CA (LifeNews.com) — The Orange County Board of Supervisors in southern California restored the $300,000 grant it initially revoked from the Planned Parenthood abortion business in March. Supervisors said they were worried about a lawsuit from the abortion business but a pro-life law firm has offered to help.

The board initially voted to suspend the grant for family planning services because Planned Parenthood does abortions.

After hearing from county attorneys, supervisors restored the grant on Tuesday saying they were concerned in part about a potential lawsuit from the pro-abortion group.

Now, Alliance Defense Fund attorneys have offered to defend the Orange County Board of Supervisors pro bono in the event it faces any threats of legal action by Planned Parenthood.

They are also offering to defend the Board of Supervisors’ new policy that, among other provisions, makes it so the family planning services can’t be provided in the same location as abortions. That would require Planned Parenthood to establish a new facility that solely provided the contraception the grant funds.

ADF senior legal counsel Steven Aden told LifeNews.com, “Local governments are not required to provide bailout money to the abortion industry."

“Taxpayers should not be required to foot the bill for the activities of groups which perform or promote abortions. The Orange County policy is perfectly consistent with similar federal restrictions and does not violate any state or federal laws," he added.

In a letter sent to the board, ADF attorneys reassured board members “that case law provides the Board with a clearly constitutional path to restrict the use of Measure H Tobacco Settlement Revenue funds to preclude any connection to the provision or promotion of abortion.”

ADF-allied attorney Craig Alexander spoke before the board Tuesday at a public meeting and reiterated the offer of ADF to defend the policy in court, if necessary.

The U.S. Supreme Court and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit have both upheld strong restrictions on the use of federal funds for abortions and abortion-related activities, the pro-life legal group explained.

The board later approved the policy despite threats from Planned Parenthood in the media that it would consider legal action if the county denies its funding requests.

Jon Dunn, president and chief executive of Planned Parenthood Orange and San Bernardino Counties, complained to the Los Angles Times about the new policy.

"Clearly this is an effort to target Planned Parenthood," he said. "It’s much more costly to treat people once they have a symptom than to provide them with the information they need to prevent an infection from occurring."

Dunn said the policy wouldn’t stop the abortion business from applying for a grant next year.

Related web sites:
Alliance Defense Fund – https://www.telladf.org

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