The St. Lucie County Children’s Services Council (CSC), an independent taxing authority in Florida, has funded Planned Parenthood since 2002 and has awarded grants totaling nearly $4,000,000 to the organization, but that may all change Thursday when the CSC considers defunding Planned Parenthood. The CSC could join the likes of Indiana, Kansas, New Hampshire, New Jersey, North Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, and Wisconsin who all recently cut Planned Parenthood funding. The decision will be make by the CSC during their monthly meeting held Sept. 8 at 8:30 am, at the CSC office, 546 NW University Blvd, Suite 201, Port St. Lucie, FL 34986 across from the entrance to Tradition Field. (View a map here.)
St. Lucie Taxpayers Against Planned Parenthood Funding has led the effort to defund Planned Parenthood by organizing pickets and speaking at monthly meetings. The group postponed a picket of the TD Bank where board member Pat Alley works until after Thursday’s vote and hopes that that picket won’t be necessary. The group has promised to continue efforts to defund Planned Parenthood including picketing board members homes and places of work and campaigning against the Children’s Services Counsel the 2014 referendum that will allow St Lucie County voters to abolish the CSC. St. Lucie Taxpayers Against Planned Parenthood Funding will hold a press conference outside of the Children’s Services Counsel immediately following Tuesday’s vote.
As the leading abortion provider, Planned Parenthood is used to criticism, but this year PP has come under increasing scrutiny from taxpayers and politicians across the country as undercover sting operations revealed their involvement in assisting teenage girls in subverting parental notification laws, covering up statutory rape, accepting donations specifically to abort black babies, covering up child sex trafficking. and revealing that Planned Parenthood doesn’t even offer many of the services they claim to offer.
Pastor Bryan Longworth, who has been a vocal critic of the CSC’s funding of Planned Parenthood, stated, “my hope is that the St Lucie County Children’s Services Counsel will realize that it’s time to cut ties with Planned Parenthood. Planned Parenthood is too controversial of an organization to continue funding and has needlessly tarnished the name of the Children’s Services Counsel. I support most of the organizations funded by the Children’s Services Counsel and would like to see the CSC free to carry out it’s mission without the baggage that comes with funding Planned Parenthood.”
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