Director, Commonwealth Policy Center

Commonwealth Policy Center Calls on Kentucky State House to Defund Planned Parenthood
DATE: February 3, 2016
CONTACT: Richard Nelson
PHONE: (270) 271-2713

(Frankfort, KY) The Commonwealth Policy Center (CPC) praised the Kentucky State Senate for passing Senate Bill 7, which would bar state or local funds from going to organizations that offer abortion services. The bill passed the Senate by a vote of 33-5 on Tuesday and is now on its way to the state House.

CPC Executive Director Richard Nelson, is calling on members of the Kentucky State House to take action. "It's time for the state House to prevent public funds from going to groups that are involved with abortion,"  Nelson said.  "Why would the state want to have a relationship with any organization that is involved with the killing of future Kentuckians?"

Planned Parenthood affiliates in Louisville and Lexington, which would be impacted most by the bill, are slated to receive $331,000 public dollars in fiscal year 2016. Technically, they are federal dollars, but they are funneled through the Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services.  "There are other community based health clinics that offer the same services the state intends to provide without offering controversial abortions," Nelson said. "We hope the House moves quickly on the bill."