The following comes from an October 20 Santa Cruz Sentinel article by Samantha Clark:
Embroiling themselves in the video campaign targeting Planned Parenthood, the Santa Cruz County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday essentially reversed Chair Greg Caput’s proposal to ask state lawmakers to audit the reproductive health care provider that’s been in the spotlight for providing fetal tissue to medical research, which is legal.
The other four supervisors, wearing pink ties in support, instead approved Supervisor Ryan Coonerty’s motion asking the federal government to increase funding for Planned Parenthood.
Caput, a devout Catholic, sought support to send a letter to the California Joint Legislative Audit Committee requesting it to examine whether Planned Parenthood, which is reimbursed $200 million by the state for serving low-income patients on Medi-Cal, has used taxpayer dollars to sell fetal tissue to research organizations for profit.
More than half of the board chamber was filled with men and women, including representatives from local health services organizations, wearing pink who opposed Caput’s proposal.
“The people who access these services, the people who we both represent in South County are the most vulnerable, are the most voiceless, are the people who need this access the more than anyone else in the county,” Supervisor Zach Friend said to Caput.
Caput said he refused to sign the letter asking for more funding for Planned Parenthood because he didn’t personally agree with it.
“The unborn are vulnerable, and they have no voice and I’m certainly not getting any votes from the unborn,” Caput said.