Obama Admin Funding Allows Abortion-Referral Clinic to Expand

State   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Aug 3, 2012   |   12:08PM   |   Durham, NC

Following a recent announcement that the Obama administration would replace the state taxpayer funding North Carolina cut for a Planned Parenthood abortion referral business, a Durham clinic says it will be able to expand.

As LifeNews reported, for the third time in July and the fifth time overall, the Obama administration has override the decision of a state to revoke taxpayer funding for the Planned Parenthood abortion business. The Obama administration usurped the will of the North Carolina legislature by awarding $426,000 in federal grants directly to Planned Parenthood affiliates in the state.

On July 3, the state legislature passed a budget adjustment bill redirecting $343,000 in family planning funding from Planned Parenthood, America’s largest abortion business, to county health departments that provide comprehensive care.

But the administration’s Planned Parenthood funding has the local clinic in Durham saying it will get 500 more customers.

The Durham clinic of Planned Parenthood — recently at risk of closing its doors — will be able to serve an additional 500 patients thanks to a federal grant.

The clinic had been threatened with closure because the state legislature this year cut Planned Parenthood’s $125,000 budget allotment. Instead, the Newsom Street facility will grow its services because Planned Parenthood has received a Title X grant worth $426,000 — nearly three times as much as state lawmakers cut.

Last year, the clinic overall had 2,244 patient visits. Officials expect a total volume of 2,727 this year, mainly from subsidized patients.



The head of Susan B. Anthony List, a pro-life women’s group. condemned the Planned Parenthood funding.
“President Obama said he supports Planned Parenthood because he wants his two daughters to be able to ‘control their own health care choices.’ This morning we find that he once again is using euphemisms like ‘choice’ and ‘control’ to trample the rights of states and force pro-life taxpayers to fund the abortion business,” said SBA List President Marjorie Dannenfelser. “President Obama’s decision to overrule the North Carolina legislature today marks the third time this month – and the fifth time in the last year – that he has stepped in to contract directly with the nation’s largest abortion provider.”Dannenfelser continued:  “In 2010 alone, Planned Parenthood ended the lives of 329,445 children and ill-served their mothers—that is what is really meant by the secret code of ‘choice,’ ‘control,’ and ‘health care.’ President Obama and Planned Parenthood are not all about providing health care to women, but rather are concerned only with protecting Planned Parenthood’s role as largest abortion provider in nation.”

“The best proof is Planned Parenthood’s refusal to simply stop performing abortions in order to continue receiving taxpayer funding through the states. The SBA List position is clear: stop providing abortion and we will stop working to eliminate your taxpayer funding,” she concluded.