Overriding a veto by Gov. Bev Perdue, North Carolina lawmakers voted late Monday night for a budget that would effectively eliminate state support for Planned Parenthood, the Raleigh television station WTVD and The Huffington Post report.
A similar measure adopted last year by the Republican-led legislature was struck down in court because it dropped support specifically for Planned Parenthood, a ruling that was finalized days before Monday’s vote.
The new budget does not identify any organizations but bars the state’s Department of Health and Human Services from contracting with “private providers” of family-planning services. Melissa Reed of Planned Parenthood said it is the only such group in the state.
The legislation channels $343,000 in state money from private family-planning providers to county health departments because the private groups offer abortion services. A spokeswoman for Planned Parenthood of Central North Carolina said it is “looking at all legal options” with regard to the order.