Last year, a provision banning Planned Parenthood by name in North Carolina’s budget was overturned by a court order. But this year, N.C. House Republicans have suggested a new measure to eliminate state funding for the program.
The new measure prohibits contracts between the Department of Health and Human Services and family planning services outside of local health departments — in other words, Planned Parenthood.
With the renewed debate, last year’s provision and an abortion law mandating an ultrasound before the procedure, many claim Republicans are waging a “war on women.” Democrats in the House have filed bills to reverse last year’s budget provision and revoke the ultrasound law.
As a college-age female, I’m familiar with the services Planned Parenthood offers. But I wanted to brush up on the specifics of Planned Parenthood programs to make sure that I’m on the right side of the war on women.
Although I’ve never gone to Planned Parenthood, many of my close friends have. One friend, a senior here at UNC, told me she went there to buy the generic form of Plan B, an oral emergency contraceptive.