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
Abortion-rights advocates attend the open house for the new Planned Parenthood location in Aurora, Ill., Tuesday, Sept. 18, 2007.    (AP Photo/Stacie Freudenberg)
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(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.
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