Planned Parenthood Sues North Carolina Over Defunding Law

Jul 7, 2011 4:02pm

ABC News' Amy Bingham reports:

Planned Parenthood filed a lawsuit today against the state of North Carolina because of a new law that prohibits the group from receiving any state funds. North Carolina is the fourth state Planned Parenthood has sued this year because of defunding legislation.

“This is the first time in North Carolina’s history that a single health care provider has been carved out in the budget and banned from applying for competitive grants from the state” said Janet Colm, president and CEO of Planned Parenthood of Central North Carolina, in a press release.

The group will continue providing services for two months while the lawsuit is pending but hopes to receive an injunction from the court before then, said Paige Johnson, a Planned Parenthood spokesperson.

Read more here about the Planned Parenthood lawsuits.

The North Carolina law, which went into effect last week, denies state and federal Title X family planning funds from going to Planned Parenthood because the group provides abortions. North Carolina Gov. Beverly Perdue vetoed the bill, but her veto was overturned by the state legislature.

Planned Parenthood of North Carolina receives about $212,000 from the state and federal government to provide services like breast and cervical cancer screenings, STD testing and contraception. The group says no public funds are used for abortions.

Planned Parenthood is already suing the state of Indiana because of a law that prohibits them from receiving Medicaid funds. A federal judge has granted a temporary injunction in the case to keep funds flowing until the legal dispute is solved.

In Kansas Planned Parenthood is suing because of a law that diverts all Title X funds to hospitals and public health departments because they do no perform abortions. The group is suing Montana over a law that prohibits the state’s low-income insurance program from covering birth control.

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