NC Values Coalition Statement on Legal Action by Attorney General & Governor Cooper over New Federal Restrictions on Abortion Funding
“Abortion businesses like Planned Parenthood kill 332,000 unborn children a year, yet taxpayers have been forced to fund their gruesome business for years through Title X family planning grants. Now, Attorney General Josh Stein and Governor Roy Cooper are running to court against the Trump Administration’s new Title X rule to ensure taxpayers are forced to continue filling the coffers of the abortion industry.”
“North Carolina Values Coalition supports the Trump administration’s Protect Life Rule, which redirects Title X family planning program funds away from the abortion industry and bars taxpayer-funded family planning clinics from referring patients to abortion providers. Abortion is not family planning, yet by joining the State in this lawsuit, Governor Cooper and Attorney General Stein have taken an extreme pro-abortion position that taxpayers should support abortion providers like Planned Parenthood with their tax dollars. Using the hard-earned tax dollars of North Carolinians to join this lawsuit makes the Governor and Attorney General enemies of the citizens by fighting against their pro-life values At a time when the latest Marist poll shows Americans are increasingly pro-life."
- Tami Fitzgerald, NC Values Coalition Executive Director
North Carolina Attorney General Josh Stein joined 20 other states and District of Columbia in a national filed lawsuit Monday, March 4, 2019. California filed a separate legal action against the administration. The 22 States seek to block the Trump administration's new policy restricting Planned Parenthood and other abortion providers from receiving Title X family planning grants by requiring recipient organizations be physically and financially separate from abortion providers. Finalized last month, the rule advances President Trump’s promise to stop taxpayer funding of abortion businesses like Planned Parenthood, who will no longer receive Title X funding if they choose not to comply. North Carolina is the only Southern State joining this lawsuit against the Trump administration with pro-abortion states such as Oregon, New York, California, Vermont and Colorado which have no restrictions on abortion up to the time of birth.
Marist has been polling Americans' attitudes on abortion for over a decade, and Carvalho told Axios this is the first time since 2009 that as many or more Americans have identified as pro-life as have identified as pro-choice.
By the Numbers: In the poll survey taken Feb.12-17, Americans are now as likely to identify as pro-life (47%) as they are pro-choice (47%). Last month, a similar Marist survey found that Americans were more likely to identify as pro-choice than pro-life 55% to 38%, a 17-point gap.
Most significant finding in the recent poll was that Democrats, specifically those under the the age of 45, seem to be leading the shift: This month's poll found 34% of Democrats identify as pro-life vs. 61% pro-choice. Last month, those numbers were 20% and 75%, respectively. Among Americans under 45, 47% identify as pro-life vs. 48% pro-choice. In January, those numbers were 28% and 65%, respectively. Poll Methodology: This survey of 1,008 adults was conducted via landline or cell phones, Feb. 12–Feb. 17 by The Marist Poll.
The North Carolina Values Coalition invites individuals who wish to contact Governor Cooper and Attorney General Stein to use this click-to-contact tool.