North Carolina Legislature Votes To Defund Planned Parenthood

The North Carolina legislature overrode Gov. Bev Perdue’s (D) veto to pass a budget that defunds Planned Parenthood. The lawmakers tried to block state funds to Planned Parenthood last year, but after a judge blocked the provision, they got around a potential legal challenge by not specifically naming the women’s health organization. Instead, the bill stops the state health department from contracting with “private providers” of family planning services, which includes Planned Parenthood. The budget redirects $343,000 in family planning funding away from private groups to county health departments.