NC Legislature De-Funds Planned Parenthood
North Carolina will no longer fund Planned Parenthood, America's largest abortion provider.
Republican lawmakers voted to end all state contracts with private providers of family planning services, overriding Gov. Bev Perdue's veto of de-funding the group for the second time.
The move redirects more than $343,000 from Planned Parenthood to county health departments.
Marjorie Dannenfelser, president of the Susan B. Anthony list, said the vote "does not cut a dime" of funding for family planning.
"Planned Parenthood is an abortion-centered, profit-driven business, not the caring health provider for women and girls they purport to be. They neither need nor deserve taxpayer dollars," Dannenfelser said.
"This budget adjustment does not cut a dime of family planning funding. It does protect the consciences of pro-life taxpayers by sending funds to county health departments which do not perform abortions," she said.
House Majority leader Paul Stam has been an outspoken opponent of Planned Parenthood.
"The vast majority of them, 99 percent of all abortions, do not give the important information," Stam said. "That's a remarkable claim -- it's true."
Pro-life groups have praised Stam's leadership.
Planned Parenthood said the law bypasses a court order that blocks the state from singling them out.