For the last three years, Palm Beach County’s teen outreach program has helped 662 teens stay in school and avoid risky behavior. Although the clubs do not provide abortions (or any clinical services), Florida’s latest anti-abortion law threatened its funding.
The Florida law, which still may be implemented, would require state investigators to analyze 30,000 abortion cases a year, define the length of a trimester, and block taxpayer funding for nonabortion services to abortion providers. It’s that last point that put 12 of Palm Beach County’s teen outreach programs at risk.
Teen outreach is operated by the Children’s Services Council of Palm Beach County, a taxpayer-funded organization, which employs three agencies to carry out services for 41 clubs. One of those contractors, the Urban League of Palm Beach County, subcontracted Planned Parenthood staff to mentor teens.