A county in Florida has voted to defund the Planned Parenthood abortion business by approving a new rule that blocks taxpayer funding for any nonprofit “affiliated” with the abortion giant.
The Manatee County Commission wants to make sure that it is not sending taxpayer dollars to the nation’s biggest abortion company, so residents’ monies are not funding abortions or the promotion of abortions.
“I don’t think anyone should be comfortable referring anyone to Planned Parenthood. I have zero qualms with passing something that might make someone think twice before doing that,” Commissioner James Satcher said.
Tuesday’s vote traces back to July when the board voted to approve roughly $15 million to support children’s services throughout the Bradenton area. At the time, Satcher urged his fellow commissioners to deny funding for a pregnancy prevention program at PACE Center for Girls.
The District 1 commissioner said he believed PACE would use county funds to invite Planned Parenthood to speak about pregnancy and abortion. Amy Wick Mavis, the school’s executive director, denied the accusation during a public meeting. “I can’t tell you what to do with your organization, but representing my taxpayers, I will never be able to vote for taxpayer money to go to any services along those lines,” Satcher said at the time. Commissioner James Satcher during a Board of County Commissioners meeting on Tuesday, Sept. 12, 2023.
That resolution returned for discussion during Tuesday’s meeting. County staff proposed a resolution that denies money for “any agency requesting funding through the county’s nonprofit application process who are affiliated with Planned Parenthood or any abortion providers or to otherwise fund any abortion services.”
“I believe we’re blessed that we don’t have any abortion clinics here in Manatee County,” said Commissioner Jason Bearden. “My job is to protect the rights of the people, and that’s even those that are unborn.”
Commissioners voted 6-1 to approve the policy banning taxpayer funds to support pro-Planned Parenthood groups.
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