Planned Parenthood not entitled to perpetually guaranteed government contract

The Oklahoman Editorial Published: October 9, 2012

WIC's nutritional-support funds could be more effectively distributed by other providers serving more of the target population of women with children.

Beyond the practical goal of better serving the women and children benefiting from government nutrition programs, the Health Department's decision to end Planned Parenthood's contract achieves a secondary objective that agency officials would not consider but is of public interest. Many Oklahomans oppose abortion on moral grounds. Those citizens don't want their tax dollars used, directly or indirectly, to fund something they consider to be the killing of a child.

To the degree WIC contracts free up other Planned Parenthood money, many Oklahomans will suspect their taxes are being used to indirectly subsidize an abortion industry they oppose.

If the Health Department can find other providers better suited to handling WIC money and serving low-income women and children without the perception problems that come from working with Planned Parenthood, then that's a win for the needy families served through WIC and for public perception of government.

As a private institution, Planned Parenthood remains free to promote its viewpoints and provide whatever services its leadership feels are appropriate — including abortion. But the organization isn't entitled to a perpetually guaranteed government contract.

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