They are shameless. Not only are they again targeting Planned Parenthood as the only contract provider of family planning services in NC. Our foresighted legislators are also proposing huge cuts in funding for teen pregnancy prevention programs that have been effectively reducing the number of teen pregnancies in NC.
The problem is that federal TANF Block grant funds for pregnancy prevention were reduced and the state is not going to pick up the slack.
According to the Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention Campaign of North Carolina, this cut will mean that eight local pregnancy prevention projects will have to be cut or not funded. At one time, 71 local projects in the state helped teens focus on schoolwork and their futures rather than becoming parents prematurely. These cuts will eliminate another 8 of the remaining 58 programs.
The funding that was lost after the last cuts was never recouped. This proposed cut is another 16% decrease in funding for local pregnancy prevention projects.
It is expected that this proposal as part of the compiled budget bill will be voted on tomorrow (Tuesday, May 29) by the House Appropriations Committee.
APPCNC has posted the key people to contact and some good talking points. Let's get on the phone.