Horseheads legislator decries Planned Parenthood role in teen initiative - Catholic Courier

Horseheads legislator decries Planned Parenthood role in teen initiative

A Horseheads politician has called an emergency meeting for pro-life supporters to oppose a legislative act that he feels, if passed, would allow Planned Parenthood to wield greater influence over teenagers regarding abortions.

The meeting will take place Tuesday, April 8, at 7 p.m. at the Big Flats Community Center, 476 Maple St. It is being organized by Joe Brennan, Chemung County legislator for the Fourth District, which covers parts of Big Flats and Horseheads.

At issue is a resolution passed by the Chemung County Health and Human Services Committee at its March 24 meeting to secure $22,000 in funding for the Chemung County Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention program. Brennan feels that if this proposal is passed by the full county Legislature when it meets on April 14, it will "use Chemung County as a pass-through for the pro-death agenda."

Brennan explained that the program would, in part, give resource and referral information to teens who request it — but he questions what kind of information would be provided since Planned Parenthood of the Southern Finger Lakes is among the sponsoring organizations. He therefore seeks to mobilize residents against the initiative that, in his view, would provide "financial support for Planned Parenthood" and "directly fund abortions for underage girls." He said the April 8 emergency meeting will offer more information about the legislative proposal and on "how we can protect innocent life in Chemung County."

Brennan took office in January 2007. He is a parishioner of St. Mary Our Mother in Horseheads and took part in the March for Life in Washington, D.C., this past January.

For more details about the April 8 meeting, contact Brennan at or 607-738-2488.

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