North Carolina Gov. Signs Bill Cutting Planned Parenthood Funding, Banning Sales of Aborted Babies

State   Steven Ertelt   Oct 2, 2015   |   12:48PM    Charlotte, NC

Yesterday, North Carolina Governor Pat McCory signed a pro-life bill that would cut funding for the Planned Parenthood abortion business and ban the sales of body parts of aborted babies.

According to AP: “A bill banning the sale of fetal tissue from aborted fetuses in North Carolina is now law. The bill also makes permanent this year’s state budget provision that prevents groups that perform abortions from receiving certain state funds aimed at family planning and pregnancy prevention.”

According to the Governor’s office, the bill would “prohibit the sale of any aborted or miscarried material or remains of an unborn child resulting from an abortion or miscarriage.”

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The author of the legislation, Sen. Brad Barefoot (R-Wake), said he was inspired to introduce the measure after videos were released exposing Planned Parenthood’s organ harvesting business. The legislation would permanently ban giving state funds for family planning services to groups that perform abortions. That portion of the legislation would affect Planned Parenthood programs in Fayetteville and Wilmington.

Sen. Barefoot said the videos exposing Planned Parenthood selling aborted baby parts reveal “that a marketplace for the parts and remains of unborn children is growing in this country.” He added, “The videos are utterly gruesome, callous and their contents represent a very dark and depraved part of our culture.”

Sen. Terry Van Duyn (D-Buncombe) argued against the measure and said it would “impede scientific research that we need.” She also said the contract ban unfairly targets Planned Parenthood. “It mischaracterizes profoundly the work of an organization that has worked for decades to improve women’s health. It defunds some of the best work that is done in this state to prevent teen pregnancy,” Van Duyn explained.

On Facebook, the pro-abortion senator said, “Today I voted against the bill that will prevent funding from going to Planned Parenthood programs that have shown to be effective in preventing teen pregnancies. We should not be playing politics with programs that help young women.”

However, Sen. Barefoot argued that the legislation is critical for North Carolina because of Planned Parenthood’s lucrative business. He said that his bill “seeks to provide some level of dignity to unborn children who lose their lives due to an abortion.”

As LifeNews previously reported, ten videos released by The Center for Medical Progress shocked the nation and initiated Congressional investigations into Planned Parenthood’s organ harvesting business. Additionally, 13 states responded to the videos and launched investigations into the abortion corporation including Arizona, South Carolina, Florida, Tennessee, Massachusetts, KansasMissouri, Arizona, Indiana, Ohio, Georgia, Texas and Louisiana.

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