DURHAM, N.C. ā€” One of the battles won by the conservatives who took over the North Carolina Legislature this session was stripping Planned Parenthood of its funding.

But it is turning out to be a short-lived victory. The women’s health organization has successfully applied for federal funds and will soon receive more than three times the amount Republican lawmakers had withheld.

“We’ve weathered these increasing attacks on women’s health care access the past couple of years,” Paige Johnson, vice president of external and governmental affairs for Planned Parenthood of Central North Carolina, said Tuesday. “Now we’re able to do more for our patients.”

The GOP strategy to defund Planned Parenthood would be considered more symbolic – by law, federal money can’t be used for abortions – than substantial if it wasn’t for its direct impact on the women’s health clinic in Durham.

The amount legislators cut, $125,000, was a sliver of the $20.2 billion state budget, but losing it meant that Planned Parenthood’s clinic in North Durham would have to close. That clinic doesn’t handle abortions; it provides contraceptives, pap smears and breast exams and does testing for diabetes, high cholesterol and sexually transmitted diseases.

Now, with $426,000 in what is known as Title X funding, the Durham clinic expects to see a fourfold increase in patients, to about 2,000 a year, said Emily Adams, vice president of operations. Adams said the funding dispute was a close call.

“We have patients who have been coming to us for over a decade,” Adams said. “When they turned to us and we didn’t have sure resources, that’s where it really hits.”

via Federal grant thwarts GOP-led effort to close North Carolina Planned Parenthood clinic | McClatchy.

3 thoughts on “Federal grant thwarts GOP-led effort to close North Carolina Planned Parenthood clinic | McClatchy

  1. Living in NC, these are the same legislators who piece by piece are attacking the environment, would not let a legislator change her vote (after she immediately detected her error), who has been voted one of the least transparent groups in the country and who denied restoration after many years to primarily African-Americans who were neutered (I am using this term for imagery) without their permission over many years before 1972. The Senate Leader Phil Berger killed this one after one the Speaker (who is a GOPer) had advocated for it in a bi-partisan bill. These are the same people who voted on the budget at 1 am last year after telling others to go home and then suddenly called people back in. As an Independent voter, I respect people on voting on issues, but I don’t respect the lack of fairness that has been modus operandi for this GOP led group. They have done a disservice to America and our state. On Planned Parenthood, we need their efforts greatly, as their is a causal relationship between family size and poverty. Thanks for highlighting.

    1. Not only do we have some political views in common, but we both live in the same state:) I grew up in the eastern part, now I live in WNC. Everything from Amendment One and the fracking bill to that ridiculous climate bill has had me riled up for months. I have a NC politics section on my blog. I invite you to suggest topics for it, or guest/cross post if you like. Right now I am wondering what our state government will do about expanded Medicaid and the ACA.

  2. Very cool. Yes, it has been a frustrating couple of years for the Tar Heel State governance. I have been very outspoken on the fracking bill as you can glean from some earlier posts. I will take a peek at your NC section. The minister in Maiden was also a piece of work. McCrory will likely take the governorship, but he is more moderate than most Republicans like.

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