OC Board of Supervisors- Running Scared and Reinstating Planned Parenthood Contract

As I have written about before, a few months back the Orange County Board of Supervisors voted unanimously to rescind health education funding to Planned Parenthood, citing their religious objection to abortion as the primary reason.  Planned Parenthood, does, amongst ten thousand other things, peform legal abortions.   This is a small part of their overall mission, but was the issue that the Supes decided they were morally against.

Now, as the Register reports, they have had a surprising change of heart, and have voted to restore the funding to Planned Parenthood.  I have also referred to the legal counsel they were being given by county lawyers, and it seems that legally, the Supes didn’t have a leg to stand on.

So, now let us rejoice that fear of losing a lawsuit reason has prevailed!

Next order of business, vote the suckers out!

3 Comments so far

  1. timepiececlock on April 30th, 2009 @ 3:34 pm

    Unfortunately, the Board was hardly ‘running scared’, and managed to do significant damage when reinstating the contract. By limiting the tobacco settlement funds to clinical services alone they dramatically undercut the ability for all the contracted clinics to educate people about safe sex practices. The best way to limit unwanted pregnancies, and thus unwanted abortions, is to educate teens and adults.

    In the face of the medically and legally recognized need for comprehensive sex education in our state and our community, the fact that the OC Board of Supervisors stripped the contract of any funding for education–nearly $300,000 worth of education from PPH alone, not to mention the other clinics–merely for the chance to make a political score point on the basis of religious bias, is petty.

    They knew very well that the money wasn’t funding abortions or abortion related services, nor did PPH have any submitted plans to use it in that manner in the future. The money was spent telling people how to reduce the risk of pregnancy and disease. This action was self-serving political manipulation that comes at the cost of the health and future of young women and men of our county.


  2. giggitygoo37 on April 30th, 2009 @ 4:50 pm

    Agreed!

    Although it’s great that Planned Parenthood got their grant money back, they now have to focus on how to get funding for next year. The supervisors have changed the policy to make it more difficult for them to qualify by cutting sexual health education out of the policy. Bad idea! Prevention services would be a more efficient use of the money, and these cuts will affect not just Planned Parenthood but other community clinics as well. The changes their making aren’t helping their county at all.


  3. Gina (oc_gina) on April 30th, 2009 @ 6:00 pm

    Both of you are correct, I just read the LA Times article that outlined the steps the Board took to basically make sure PP will not be eligible for next year’s money.

    Boo!

    Seriously, vote the suckers out!



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