Tennessee Governor Signs Bill Defunding Planned Parenthood

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. — The Republican governor of Tennessee has signed into law a bill that defunds the abortion and contraceptive giant Planned Parenthood, as well as any other organization that performs abortions.

“It is the policy of this state to favor childbirth and family planning services that do not include elective abortions or the promotion of elective abortions within the continuum of care or services and to avoid the direct or indirect use of state funds to promote or support elective abortions,” S.B. 2251 reads.

It directs the state commissioner of finance and administration to submit a waiver amendment to the federal centers for Medicaid and Medicare to “require the exclusion of a provider from the program if the bureau of TennCare finds that inclusion of the provider in the program would result in the direct or indirect use of state funds to promote or support elective abortion.”

The measure was presented by Rep. Jimmy Matlock, R-Lenoir City, who said that is disturbed him that the state was giving money to entities that kill unborn babies.

“Putting an end to abortion is one of the primary reasons I got involved in politics. The very idea that our money was being handed over to industry executives who have proudly killed millions of babies for profit, and there was supposedly nothing we could do about it, absolutely sickened me,” he said in a statement on April 11.

Matlock told lawmakers during deliberations that Tennessee has reimbursed nearly $1 million to abortion facilities through TennCare over the past six years, and is a form of supporting abortion providers. He believes the funding should instead go to county health facilities and other healthcare organizations who assist women minus the killing.

Planned Parenthood decried the measure as being discriminatory and another facet of the so-called “war on women.”

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“It would prohibit women from accessing preventive care at Planned Parenthood health centers and take away a person’s ability to see the qualified health care provider of their choice for these sensitive services,” said Keri Adams, CEO of Planned Parenthood of Middle & East Tennessee, according to The Tennessean.

The bill passed both Houses in March, and was signed by Gov. Bill Haslam on April 9.

“After years of fighting the incredibly powerful abortion lobby, I’m proud to say that Tennessee taxpayer dollars will no longer be sent to clinics that provide elective abortions,” Matlock said. “Abortion isn’t healthcare. It’s infanticide, and Tennessee taxpayers will no longer be forced to fund it. Now it’s time to show Washington D.C. how we do things down here in Tennessee.”

As previously reported, in his 1854 lecture at the University of Pennsylvania on criminal abortion, obstetrician Hugh Hodge declared, “[H]uman life commences at the time of conception; … the embryo and fetus therefore should be protected during its intra-uterine life as sedulously as after birth.”

“Hence, that all efforts, direct or indirect, to disturb the progress of gestation or to injure the product of conception are criminal, alike violating the laws of nature and of God,” he stated.


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  • Amos Moses – He>i

    “care” that results in the murder of a child …… is not care ………….

  • Croquet_Player

    Well, if people can’t get access to factually informative family planning and low cost contraception, you may guarantee an instant uptick in abortions and STD’s. Let’s see how that goes, Tennessee. Because in every state which mandates “no sex before marriage” (“abstinence only”) ideals, they have the highest rates of teen pregnancy and STD transmission. I’m not knocking the ideals. But I don’t want to pretend like they work across the board.

    • Sola Gratia

      Many people including myself want non-abortificient birth control to be readily available and low-cost to any woman who wants it. There are thousands of community health centers supported with taxpayer dollars that offer birth control. The idea that all pro-life people are against birth control is simply false. As a woman with daughters, I have skin in this game.

      • Croquet_Player

        I want all birth control to be free, everywhere, for everyone. It’s a public health issue. Why do we put free toilet paper in all bathrooms, public and private? Why do we offer sinks and soap? Simple. It protects public health. If we offered condoms as we do water, soap, and paper, we could deal a staggering blow to STDs and unwanted pregnancies. Condoms are incredibly cheap. Unwanted pregnancies and/or STDs are very expensive.

        • Sola Gratia

          It will never be acceptable to force taxpayers to pay for others’ pregnancy preventatives, in essence paying for their sexual activity. Just as it is morally wrong to force taxpayers to pay for the murder of infants in utero through elective abortion. We, as Christians, are not to assist others in sinning. Scripture is clear on that.

          • Croquet_Player

            It’s a simple question of epidemiology and public health. Easily accessible condoms and birth control prevent STD transmission and unwanted pregnancies. When we make those things harder to get, disease and abortions increase. You make hold whatever views you like, of course, but you have to ask yourself if increasing disease and abortion is really what you intend. Because that’s what happens.

          • Susan Perelka

            You know what else prevents them, abstinence. Oops I said it, that dirty word in our society. How about wait until marriage, stay a (wait for it) virgin and if two virgins commit to one another in marriage, than guess what, no STD’s. Let’s start bringing up that “other” option. Time to give the other options too folks, tired of just hearing one side of the debate.

          • Croquet_Player

            Are you kidding? Abstinence is IDEAL. It is, without question, the most successful way to prevent unwanted teen pregnancy and STD transmission. And if people actually listened to that superb advice on a regular basis, we’d have no trouble. However, as annoying as it is, studies continually show that people tend to have sex anyway. And in the states where they teach “Abstinence Only” to teens, they have the highest rates of teen pregnancy and and STD transmission. My goodness, it’s almost like people apparently have sex anyway, no matter what you tell them about how great and successful abstinence is. As it turns out, if you give people comprehensive education about sex and health, they behave far more responsibly. They may have sex, but they delay it a few years. And when they do have sex they are far more likely to use condoms.

            I am not a parent, I am an “Auntie” of a beloved nephew. He’s fourteen, and likes girls, a whole lot. It is our responsibility, as a family, to teach him how to behave as a gentleman. And that includes very frank, long talks about ethical sexual behavior. There is no shame whatsoever in being a healthy human boy who likes girls. And he is entitled to know how he should treat them, and also, how he should expect be treated by them too. He is worthy of respect. That includes telling him that abstinence is, by far, the ideal. We also tell him how to avoid sensibly pitfalls like pregnancy and STDs. He can learn it from us, his dear family, or he can learn sketchy information from the internet, like many other young people. It is our goal to raise a nice young well-educated boy into a smart, loving, yet sensibly cautious adult. We hope he can meet the girl of his dreams, someone who was also raised by a sensible, practical family, and they can lead long happy lives together. This begins by telling him the truth. We’re not raising a hothouse flower here, we’re raising a young American man. We’re not going to lie or sugarcoat facts to him. We expect him to behave responsibly, and we’re giving him all the tools he needs to venture out into the world. And we love him, and hope and expect the best.

        • Guest✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

          Why should it be free? What about personal responsibility?

          • Susan Perelka

            Perfectly said. Something sorely lacking in our nation today is people accepting “personal” responsibility. Maturity is doing just that, it is time for people to mature, the new 18 is not 28, that is just absurd, grow up already! Each person is responsible for their own actions, every choice produces results, good or bad, act like an adult and face it. It’s just a reality, time to stop with all the fantasy and accept reality. We have a generation of grown children in adult bodies. Isn’t pretty.

        • Amos Moses – He>i

          so we should be forced to finance others bad life choices …….. hmmmm …..

    • Guest✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

      Birth control was given out free at my school. It’s a myth that PP is the only place to get free birth control.

  • Samwise

    Reduce access to birth control – abortions will increase.

    Reduce access to cancer screening and other primary services – people will die.

    By their fruit shall ye know them.

    The fruit of this action is power, control and interference in women’s lives. The fruit of this action is more abortion. The fruit of this action is undetected cancer and untreated disease. There is nothing “pro life” about the people who voted for and approved of this.

    • Guest✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

      Oh for crying out loud, PP isn’t the only place one can get birth control. They give it out for free practically everywhere. It’s also a myth about PP doing cancer screenings. There are doctors and hospitals outside of that baby killing mill.

    • Amos Moses – He>i

      real FEAR MONGERING ……. wow …………

  • Amos Moses – He>i

    Planned Parenthood gets $500M in tax dollars; it’s spending $30M on midterms

    /SMH ……..