Orange County Chooses Life!
Great to hear! Another example of people taking action and making a difference on issues that matter most. Let’s hear more of these! Planned Parenthood…what an egregious misnomer! Public funds ought to be used for many things, but not destroying life.
Watching the political landscape it’s clear that it’s not just enough to vote anymore. Getting involved at the local level is the way to make a difference for families. Congratulations Orange County on becoming “Planned Parenthood” free!
Good News: Orange County Votes to Defund Planned Parenthood
The Orange County Board of Supervisors voted 5-0 to end a county contract with Planned Parenthood, in a meeting on Tuesday, after hours of testimony for and against the contract.
“We’d never had a debate on this,” said Supervisor John Moorlach, who discovered Orange County’s contract with Planned Parenthood and led efforts to suspend it.
The suspended contract, worth $291,788, covered comprehensive reproductive education for teens and preteens. This included birth control, STDs, and abstinence. Not suspended was a $50,000 contract with Planned Parenthood for data entry on child immunizations, which is set to expire in June 2009. Planned Parenthood has indicated that it will not seek to renew this contract.
Though the larger contract did not directly fund abortions, supervisors were concerned about the fungibility of money. “I don’t believe the county should be funding abortion, and I don’t believe the county really should be involved in funding an organization who performs about 35 percent of the abortions in the country,” Supervisor Chris Norby said in Tuesday’s meeting, according to the Orange County Register.
Capitol Resource Institute sent out an Action Alert on Monday of this week, urging Orange County residents to contact their Board of Supervisors. “We got good calls,” Moorlach said.
“I have a good board to work with, and I think some of them were just as surprised as I was that that’s what they were voting on,” he said.