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Wednesday, April 11, 2018

End to Planned Parenthood funding
Republican Gov. Bill Haslam has signed into law a controversial bill that would strip all TennCare funding from Planned Parenthood of Tennessee. "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," Haslam press secretary Jennifer Donnals said of the governor's action. The new law, passed last month by the Republican-led General Assembly, requires the state to seek a waiver of federal Medicaid rules in order to let Tennessee eliminate all funds going to nonprofit groups providing medical services that include elective abortions. It's targeted at Planned Parenthood.On Tuesday, Americans United for Life President and CEO Catherine Glenn Foster praised both Haslam and lawmakers for the new law, which the group says was based on its model legislation seeking to restrict funding for abortion providers nationwide. When the bill passed, Planned Parenthood denounced it as a "disappointingly bold move by our state legislature to disregard patients' rights, further discriminate against women, people of color, and the poor, and push the extremist agenda set forth by the Trump-Pence administration." Planned Parenthood says none of the money it gets from Medicaid, operated under the TennCare umbrella in Tennessee, goes toward abortion services, but goes toward health care services for women, including prenatal care, cervical cancer screenings, sexually transmitted disease screening and treatment, hormone replacement therapy and pap tests. While admitting the money doesn't go directly toward providing abortions, sponsor Representative Jimmy Matlock argued it does go to clinics that provide that service and thus "is a form of supporting abortions."


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