Austin City Council Approves Taxpayer Dollars For Planned Parenthood, Sweetheart Land Deal

Today, the Austin City Council by a 7-0 vote, approved the following benefits to Planned Parenthood, using taxpayer dollars to give money to Planned Parenthood.  We appeared at a press conference this morning against these measures and registered our opposition at the Austin City Council meeting.

Austin Mayor Leffingwell at Planned Parenthood Event

“From left to right: Representative Mark Strama, Representative Valinda Bolton, Senator Kirk Watson, Austin City Councilmember Lee Leffingwell, Representative Eddie Rodriguez, Capital Campaign Co-Chairs, Robbie and Tom Ausley, U.S. Congressman Lloyd Doggett, Austin Mayor Will Wynn, Ken Lambrecht, CEO of PPTCR  and Brewster McCracken, Austin Mayor Pro Tem.”

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Agenda Item #4:  Authorize the negotiation and execution of a ten (10) year lease renewal with one (1) option to extend for an additional ten (10) years with PLANNED PARENTHOOD, INC, for the use of a City-owned .35 acre tract of land improved with a 3,720 square foot free standing building located at 1823 E. 7th Street, for the purpose of operating a family planning clinic. The lease revenue is $1 annually.

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Agenda Item #9:  Authorize negotiation and execution of a $50,000 contract amendment and 6-month contract extension with PLANNED PARENTHOOD of Austin, TX, to provide teen pregnancy prevention services to youth for an amended 15 month contract amount not to exceed $85,605, and a total contract amount not to exceed $133,078. Funding in the amount of $50,000 is available in the Fiscal Year 2009-2010 Operating Budget of the Health and Human Services Department. The contract period is January 1, 2010 – March 31, 2011.

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