» Subscribe Today!
The Power of Information
Home
The Ledger - EST. 1978 - Nashville Edition
X
Skip Navigation LinksHome > Article
VOL. 36 | NO. 5 | Friday, February 3, 2012




Planned Parenthood files suit to restore funding

Print | Front Page | Email this story

NASHVILLE (AP) — Affiliates of Planned Parenthood are suing the state Health Department to have their funding restored.

Planned Parenthood of Middle and East Tennessee and Planned Parenthood Greater Memphis Region filed the lawsuit Thursday to restore preventive care funding under the HIV Prevention Services and the Syphilis Elimination grant programs.

Planned Parenthood, which also provides abortions, said in a news release that no reason was given for the contracts being terminated in December. It also said no provider was identified as a replacement.

The president and CEO of Planned Parenthood of Middle and East Tennessee alleged the action was political.

"Women and men count on Planned Parenthood for lifesaving health information, including HIV prevention," Jeff Teague said. "To jeopardize the lives and health of young people across Tennessee for purely political reasons is shocking and irresponsible."

A spokeswoman for the Health Department said in an email to The Associated Press that officials have not yet seen the lawsuit and cannot comment on pending litigation.

In October, the Shelby County Commission voted to switch its family-planning contract from Planned Parenthood to a faith-based organization that does not perform abortions.

Planned Parenthood held the contract to provide family planning services until the Republican-controlled state Legislature sought to cut government funding to the organization.

Follow us on Facebook, Twitter & RSS:
Sign-Up For Our FREE email edition
Get the news first with our free weekly email
Name
Email  
TNLedger.com Knoxville Editon
RECORD TOTALS DAY WEEK YEAR
PROPERTY SALES 0 0 0
MORTGAGES 0 0 0
FORECLOSURE NOTICES 0 0 0
BUILDING PERMITS 0 0 0
BANKRUPTCIES 0 0 0
BUSINESS LICENSES 0 0 0
UTILITY CONNECTIONS 0 0 0
MARRIAGE LICENSES 0 0 0