Abortion Foes: Cut Funding for Flush Planned Parenthood

They seek to keep the nonprofit from getting public funds

By Gabriel Winant,  Newser User

Posted Dec 10, 2008 10:34 AM CST

(Newser) – Abortion opponents’ newest strategy includes lobbying state and local governments to cut public funding for Planned Parenthood, the Wall Street Journal reports. Religious conservatives have taken to arguing that the organization is running a surplus and doesn’t need public dollars, which account for a third of the nonprofit's budget.

But Planned Parenthood says it's a lifeline for many, especially in tough economic times, and past funding cuts have forced a reduction in services. A Family Research Council official says his group will soon be locked out at the federal level by a Democratic president, but had success recently when Planned Parenthood lost funding in a county in Georgia, as well as one in Florida.

Abortion-rights advocates attend the open house for the new Planned Parenthood location in Aurora, Ill., Tuesday, Sept. 18, 2007.
Abortion-rights advocates attend the open house for the new Planned Parenthood location in Aurora, Ill., Tuesday, Sept. 18, 2007.   (AP Photo/Stacie Freudenberg)
Cecile Richards, president of Planned Parenthood Federation of America, addresses the Democratic National Convention in Denver, Tuesday, Aug. 26, 2008.
Cecile Richards, president of Planned Parenthood Federation of America, addresses the Democratic National Convention in Denver, Tuesday, Aug. 26, 2008.   (AP Photo/Ron Edmonds)
Protesters march near the new Planned Parenthood location in Aurora, Ill., Tuesday, Sept. 18, 2007, during the facility's open house.
Protesters march near the new Planned Parenthood location in Aurora, Ill., Tuesday, Sept. 18, 2007, during the facility's open house.   (AP Photo/Stacie Freudenberg)
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Our audits look pretty fat and they've used that against us. - Barbara Zdravecky, chief executive of Sarasota Planned Parenthood

It had nothing to do with Planned Parenthood's mission. It had everything to do with them not needing the funding. - Paul Mercier, recently retired county commissioner in Sarasota

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