Thursday, March 12, 2009

The O.C.

Odd news from Orange County, California, or, more accurately, not-so-odd news. It seems that the County Board of Supervisors discovered to their dismay and total outrage that the County had contracted with Planned Parenthood to provide educational programs to pre-teens and teens. The problem? The Supervisors didn't believe public money should be going to an organization that provides abortions.

Here's the scoop from the Los Angeles Times:

Saying they could not abide funding an organization that performs abortions, Orange County supervisors voted unanimously Tuesday to suspend a contract with Planned Parenthood to provide health education for thousands of teens and preteens.

"I personally have a problem with government funding of an organization that provides abortion services," said Supervisor John Moorlach, who placed the item on the agenda.

The decision to suspend the $291,788 education grant came after nearly two hours of impassioned public and Board of Supervisors discussion. The curriculum includes information about anatomy, physiology and seven kinds of birth control -- including abstinence -- as well as about sexually transmitted diseases.

None of the money is used to fund abortions, said Jon Dunn, president and chief executive of Planned Parenthood for Orange and San Bernardino counties. ...

According to state data, Santa Ana and Anaheim have pregnancy rates that are among the highest in the state, said Planned Parenthood's Stephanie Kight.

"If you eliminate funding for Planned Parenthood, this will surely result in more unintentional pregnancies and more abortions in Orange County," Dunn told the board.
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Yes, that's right: elected public officials are making decisions based on their own personal religious and moral beliefs, ignoring the Constitution and the Supreme Court. And they are doing so to the detriment of their own citizens, and, more importantly to the children of Orange County. What is especially outrageous is that none of the tax money is going towards abortion, but to an educational program which might actually make abortion unnecessary.

Stupid, yes?

It gets better.

One of the members of the Board, who described herself as "a solid platinum pro-lifer," suggested there just might be a problem with the position taken as she pointed out that county money goes to local hospitals which just happen to (gasp!) provide abortions. Is the Board going to stop that funding as well? With that group, it's hard to tell.


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