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Horn recommends $20,000 grant for anti-abortion guide book

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By David Gotfredson

SAN DIEGO, Calif. (CBS 8) -- Supervisor Bill Horn is asking the county to give $20,000 in taxpayer money to fund anti-abortion literature.

The money would go to the same pro-life group that had its grant cancelled last week, after a county investigation confirmed the group produced highly-religious material.

La Mesa based Life Perspectives has since reapplied for the grant money through Horn's office.

Records show Life Perspectives has received $80,000 in county grant money since 2006 to pay for fundraisers, including the group's annual Life Walk event.

The county's review of past grants to Life Perspectives was launched after an investigation by San Diego City Beat.

Horn says this latest grant will fund a non-religious guide book to be used by abortion therapists and counselors.

I his letter to the Board of Supervisors, Horn wrote the grant money would be "used to help cover the costs of a mental health consultant, editing, proofreading, graphics, printing and personnel expenses associated with developing and publishing a Group Leader Guide for the book Changed."

The complete title of the book Horn referred to is Changed: Making Sense of Your Own or a Loved One's Abortion Experience, written in 2008 by Life Perspectives president Michaelene Fredenburg. The associated guide book to be funded by county money would also be written by Fredenburg, according to an email to Horn's office obtained by News 8.

Fredenburg, who went through an abortion herself at the age of 18, hosts a web site called www.abortionchangesyou.com.

In her September 8th email to Horn's office, Fredenburg wrote, "Life Perspectives developed the Abortion Changes You outreach to communicate to men and women touched by abortion that they are not alone and that healing resources are available."

"The development of a Group Leader Guide for the book Changed will allow therapists and peer counselors to effectively utilize Changed in a group setting," Fredenburg wrote.

The county allows grant money to be used by religious, non-profit groups as long as taxpayer money does not directly fund religious materials or messages. The Board of Supervisors will take public comment and vote on the Life Perspectives grant application on Tuesday, Sept. 14.

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