Tennessee Makes a ‘Statement’ by Defunding Planned Parenthood

    Updated: April 17, 2018 at 6:46 pm EST  See Comments

    The state of Tennessee will no longer hand over tax payer dollars to Planned Parenthood, thanks to a new law that strips funding from the abortion giant and other providers.

    Republican Gov. Bill Haslam signed the bill into law this week after it was passed by lawmakers in March. Rep. Jimmy Matlock, (R-Lenoir City) argued the state has given nearly $1 million to abortion facilities over the last six years; and, therefore has been indirectly funding abortions

    The new measure will redirect TennCare funds to healthcare facilities that favor childbirth and planning services instead of abortion clinics.

    “The governor…deferred to the will of the legislature on this bill as amended, and after reviewing the bill in its final form decided to sign the bill into law,” Jennifer Donnals, Haslam’s press secretary said in a statement.

    Americans United for Life President and CEO Catherine Glenn Foster praised lawmakers for the new law and counted it as a big win for the pro-life movement.

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