Planned Parenthood of Central NC (PPCNC) applauds U.S. District Judge James A. Beaty, Jr’s decision today to strike down the 2011 ban prohibiting Planned Parenthood from receiving state and federal funds. The 2011 North Carolina budget contained a special provision that banned Planned Parenthood from receiving funds to provide teen pregnancy prevention programs as well as preventative health care services such as cancer screenings and birth control to low-income women.
“Our first concern is our patients so we are deeply grateful that the Court has stopped the State from enforcing the ban prohibiting Planned Parenthood from providing much-needed preventive health care to thousands of North Carolinians,” said Janet Colm, PPCNC’s President and CEO.
“This is a great day for women,” Colm continued. “The U.S. Supreme Court upheld the Affordable Care Act making quality, affordable health care a reality for millions of American women and the U.S. District Court struck down this funding ban that would have had the effect of restricting access to health care for some of North Carolina’s most vulnerable populations.”
Planned Parenthood of Central North Carolina (PPCNC) is an affiliate of the Planned Parenthood Federation of America, the nation’s leading reproductive health care provider, educator and advocate. PPCNC has health centers in Chapel Hill, Durham and Fayetteville. Thousands of women, men and teenagers rely on PPCNC each year for basic health care, including life-saving cancer screening, birth control, annual exams and the prevention and treatment of sexually transmitted infections. Our doors are open to every person, every family and every community.