Alliance Defending Freedom attorneys representing the former executive director of the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment filed an appeal Thursday of a trial court's decision that upheld the state's alleged misuse of more than $14 million in taxpayer dollars. The lawsuit contends that the funding Colorado has provided to Rocky Mountain Planned Parenthood violates a voter-approved state constitutional provision that prohibits direct or indirect public taxpayer subsidies for abortion.
"No one is above the law, including Colorado politicians who are violating our state's constitution by continuing to fund Planned Parenthood's abortion activities with state taxpayer dollars," said ADF Senior Counsel Michael J. Norton. "The state acknowledges that about $1.4 million of state taxpayer money flowed from state government agencies through Planned Parenthood to its abortion affiliate. The lower court seems to have agreed with that but dismissed the case on a technicality."
"We hope the Colorado Court of Appeals reinstates this case for the benefit of the taxpayers and the voters who clearly intended to stop exactly this kind of back-door funding," added ADF Legal Counsel Natalie Decker, who is co-counsel in the case....
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