October 18, 2011 Print

Planned Parenthood Loses Memphis Contract

by Karla Dial

On Monday, the Shelby County Commission voted 9-4 to award Christ Community Health Services a $397,000 family planning contract that previously had been spent on Planned Parenthood Greater Memphis Region.

As a result, Planned Parenthood is no longer receiving any federal Title X grant money from any county in the entire state of Tennessee — and that’s without a law being passed.

“At this point, we have no money going to Planned Parenthood, and we did it in a way where we’re not getting our pants sued off because we didn’t prohibit money from going to Planned Parenthood,” noted David Fowler, executive director of the Family Action Council of Tennessee.

Christ Community Health Services is a nondenominational group does not perform abortions or refer women to groups that do. Fowler said it is working with a pregnancy care center chain to install a clinic in-house to give women in crisis pregnancies easier access to counselors who can discuss adoption and other life-affirming options with them.

Under state law, Title X family planning service grants are either performed by county health departments in-house, or bid out to third-party contractors.

“If Planned Parenthood wants to compete for taxpayer funding, then they need to stop killing unborn,” said Brian Harris, president of Tennessee Right to Life. “It’s as simple as that.”

Review the evidence that points to Planned Parenthood using taxpayer funds to pay for abortion employees.

Learn more about the Family Action Council of Tennessee.

Learn more about the Tennessee Right to Life.