New abortion funding ban forces changes in Palm Beach County

New state law erases funding at Planned Parenthood clinics

New state law erases funding at Planned Parenthood clinics

A new state law banning taxpayer dollars from flowing to organizations that perform abortions has prompted Palm Beach County’s Children’s Services Council to revamp funding for a teen outreach program.

The council this week said the Urban League of Palm Beach County will directly run 12 teen clubs it currently subcontracts with Planned Parenthood for at least some services.

The council said decision will not change its current funding of  $330,435 to the Urban League for the Teen Outreach Program (TOP), nor will any students be affected.

The changes are set to take effect July 1, the same day the new state law bars public money from going to abortion providers. Planned Parenthood has estimated it will lose $204,000 with elimination of its TOP subcontract.

Supporters of the bill (HB 1411) Gov. Rick Scott signed into law said it’s important that public dollars not go to organizations that perform abortions – even if that might be only part of their overall mission.

Planned Parenthood operates 22 health centers across Florida, including three in Palm Beach County. Fifteen of the centers provide abortion services, including those in Wellington and Boca Raton.

The organization, along with abortion rights advocates, said the new law is punitive and part of efforts in 18 states this year aimed at barring public dollars from flowing to abortion providers.

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