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CDC HIV/AIDS/Viral Hepatitis/STD/TB Prevention News Update
FLORIDA: Group Protests Planned Parenthood Cash
Jim Reeder
September 7, 2007
Palm Beach Post (09.06.07) - Friday, September 07, 2007

On Wednesday, a group of citizens asked the St. Lucie County Children's Services Council to oppose a $492,455 allocation to Planned Parenthood. The proposed funding would support four specific efforts: "La Promesa," a Spanish-language outreach focusing on women's reproductive health; "Teen Time After School," which seeks to improve teens' economic and educational prospects while preventing teen pregnancy; "Teen Time," which tries to promote abstinence and prevent STDs; and "Adult Role Models," which helps coach parents to talk to their children about sex. None of the programs involve abortion counseling, noted Kathryn Hensley, the council's chairperson. The Rev. Bryan Longworth of Covenant Tabernacle World Outreach Center called Planned Parenthood "reprehensible" and its members "murderers." Longworth has also petitioned against the "Get Real About AIDS" curriculum proposed for county schools. Despite the protest, the council unanimously approves the $9.6 million budget, including the allocation for Planned Parenthood. A final vote is set for Sept. 12.