Tennessee House Subcommittee Votes to re-direct Family Planning Funds From Planned Parenthood Facilities

Tennessee State Rep. Bill Dunn

After years of focused efforts by pro-life lawmakers and principled leadership by Gov. Bill Haslam, Tennessee successfully implemented policy in 2011 which has resulted in millions of tax dollars being re-directed away from Planned Parenthood facilities in our state.

Under Gov. Haslam’s direction, an administrative process was established which prioritizes public health departments to receive the public funds appropriated for family planning programs rather than private non-profit organizations such as Planned Parenthood. Prior to 2011, Planned Parenthood affiliates in Tennessee received more than $1.1 million dollars annually.

As Gov. Haslam prepares to leave office, Tennessee Right to Life and pro-life legislators took the first step Tuesday to make this administrative policy permanent by codifying it in state law. HB 2262, sponsored by Rep. Bill Dunn (R-Knoxville), passed the House Health Sub-Committee and will be heard by the full subcommittee next Tuesday.

Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam

“I appreciate the support of those members of the sub- committee who realize how crucial this legislation is for the future of pro-life work in our state,” said Rep. Dunn. “We have learned from past experience that without a prioritization plan, organizations such as Planned Parenthood and others in the abortion industry could receive more than a million dollars annually from Tennessee tax payers. The people of Tennessee deserve to have a plan in place to keep this from happening.”

Please contact members of the House Health Committee and urge their strongest support for protecting Tennessee tax-payers from funding Planned Parenthood’s abortion industry.

Ask committee members to VOTE YES ON PRO-LIFE HB 2262.