States Move to De-fund Planned Parenthood

Friday, 29 Apr 2011 09:27 AM

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The Republican movement to defund Planned Parenthood has moved from the nation’s capital to the states, where a number of them are taking up the fight, FoxNews.com reported Thursday.

planned, parenthood, statesKansas, Indiana, North Carolina, New Hampshire and Texas are among the states moving to eliminate funds for the agency. A bill sits on the desk of Gov. Mitch Daniels to cut off $3 million in federal money for the agency.

Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback proposed stripping it of $300,000 in federal family planning funds.

The wave to defund the agency took root in the historic gains Republicans made in statehouses and governors’ mansions in the 2010 mid-term elections. Now Republicans in statehouses are flexing their muscles, taking on abortion and providers with new zeal, Planned Parenthood being a main target.

"I think we're in the midst of a wave this year of activism by social conservatives and they not only don't like abortion, they don't like family planning," said Washington, D.C.-based Elizabeth Nash, who tracks state legislation for the Guttmacher Institute, a reproductive-health research organization that supports abortion rights.

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