Monday, 13 June 2011
TN Planned Parenthood chapters stripped of federal funding

Kudos to Governor Haslem for solving this problem!

TN Planned Parenthood chapters stripped of federal funding

The Metro Public Health Department will take over a $335,000 federal grant for family planning services, after a campaign to strip the funding from Planned Parenthood.

Metro Health Director William Paul said in a letter Friday that his department will accept all federal money set aside for family planning in Davidson County. The money had previously been split between Metro and Planned Parenthood of Middle and East Tennessee.

“We are confident that over time we can serve nearly the same number of clients that are currently served, and we will do what we can to ensure that these important services are not lost or adversely affected in Davidson County by this realignment,” Paul wrote in the letter to state Health Commissioner Susan Cooper.

The decision comes as abortion opponents have tried to keep Planned Parenthood from receiving $1.1 million for its chapters in Nashville and Memphis.

The money comes from the federal government, but the grants are administered by the state Department of Health. The money is used to pay for women’s health and family planning services, including birth control, gynecological exams and testing for HIV and sexually transmitted diseases.

Federal law bans using the grants for abortion services, but anti-abortion groups say the money frees up other funds for abortion and pro-choice advocacy. They tried unsuccessfully to cut the funding through the state budget.

In recent days, they have urged Gov. Bill Haslam to use his administration’s control over the grants to keep the money from reaching Planned Parenthood and shift it instead to the health departments in Davidson and Shelby counties, which also provide family planning services. Read more here.

The Tennessee General Assembly
Lieutenant Governor Ron Ramsey
Lt. Governor Ramsey praises Governor Haslam for move to defund Planned Parenthood

Davidson County severs ties, Shelby expected to follow

(Nashville) – Lt. Gov. Ron Ramsey (R – Blountville) praised the work of Gov. Bill Haslam and the Tennessee Department of Health for moving to administratively defund Planned Parenthood.
It was announced today that Davidson County is ending its contract with the organization and assuming control of all family planning services. Shelby County is also expected to begin the process of transitioning away from its Planned Parenthood contract.
“We are at long last moving towards the final stages of the Planned Parenthood shell game,” said Lt. Gov. Ramsey. “It has always been the ambition of Republicans in the legislature to defund this organization. I was proud to lead the charge to turn over family planning services to the county health departments effectively defunding the organization in 93 out of 95 counties. I’d like to praise the Governor for working to completely turn off the spigot of taxpayer funds to Planned Parenthood.”
Planned Parenthood is the largest abortion provider in the country. While no state funds have gone to fund abortion, health departments have in the past contracted family planning services to Planned Parenthood. Two years ago, the General Assembly passed a law handing over family planning responsibilities to county health departments. Unfortunately, both Shelby and Davidson Counties continued to contract with Planned Parenthood. The decisions by this final two health department represent the final vestiges of state collaboration with Planned Parenthood.

Posted on 06/13/2011 3:25 PM by Bobbie Patray
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