Planned Parenthood representatives and their supporters urged the Orange County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday to reverse a decision to suspend a contract with the nonprofit group to provide health education for thousands of teens and preteens.
About 40 members of local chapters of Planned Parenthood and women's groups and concerned citizens criticized supervisors for citing their own beliefs about abortion as a reason for pulling the $291,788 health education contract.
Supervisors voted unanimously last month to suspend the contract because, they said, they did not want to provide funding to an organization that performs abortions. None of the county money, however, was used to fund abortions, Planned Parenthood representatives said.
The curriculum offered by the nonprofit organization includes information about anatomy, physiology and seven kinds of birth control -- including abstinence -- as well as about sexually transmitted diseases.