Moorlach wants to put a stop to health education for O.C. teenagers


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The O.C. Board of Supervisors has been such an overwhelmingly disastrous body this year that it should not come as a surprise that “Next Tuesday, John Moorlach, Orange County Supervisor District 2, will bring an agenda item to the Board of Supervisors meeting that could drastically inhibit our ability to serve the community,” according to an email I received from Planned Parenthood.

Moorlach “plans to single out Planned Parenthood by withholding more than $290,000 in health education funding. Services provided through the Health Education Program empower teens and young adults throughout our community to make informed, healthy, and responsible decisions about their health, and ultimately to reduce the incidence of unintended pregnancies, STIs, and tobacco use in Orange County.”

As usual, Moorlach is once again ignoring contractual obligations.  “Any attempt by the supervisors to change the contract represents a breach of contract and an abuse of power on their behalf. At a time when people are losing their jobs and their insurance coverage, Supervisor Moorlach wants to take hundreds of thousands of dollars away from primary health care resources.”

Recently, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released staggering results from a new report (March 2007) that at least 1 in 4 teenage girls in the United States has a sexually transmitted infection. That more than three million teenage girls have a sexually transmitted infection (STI) underscores what Planned Parenthood has known for years: teenagers need to know how to protect themselves against sexually transmitted infections and unintended pregnancy.

Locally, rates of teen pregnancy and STIs remain high among Orange County youth. While teen birth rates are declining nationally, areas within Orange County continue to report rates as much as three times higher than the state’s rate.

Young people are also disproportionately affected by STIs. In 2004, people ages 15 to 24 in Orange County accounted for 62% and 43% of Chlamydia and Gonorrhea cases, respectively. Orange County also ranks among the top ten in AIDS cases and in the top five in HIV cases in California. Nationally, nearly half of all new AIDS cases are discovered in those under 25 years old.

Moorlach and company are okay with blowing public money on unneeded remodeling and furniture and they all get free gas and huge car allowances. They voted down restaurant health ratings this year and now Moorlach is showing that public health in general doesn’t matter to him. I can only hope that it matters to the rest of our lame Supervisors.

Click here to find contact information for our O.C. Supervisors.

UPDATE:

As one would expect, Red County blog editor Matt/Jerbal Cunningham is backing Moorlach’s attack.  Apparently they want to take this money away from Planned Parenthood just to spite them.

Bear in mind the fact that OC Assistant CEO Rob Richardson was attacked by Planned Parenthood last year when he ran for the SAUSD School Board.  This sure smells like retribution!

And OC manager Carlos Bustamante was ticked when Planned Parenthood endorsed me against him for the Santa Ana City Council.

Again, this sure looks like vindictive B.S. to me.  Moorlach doesn’t care if he hurts teens.  He just wants to screw a political enemy.  What an ass!


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