by Steven Ertelt
May 31, 2007
Nashville, TN (LifeNews.com) — Tennessee’s legislators are preparing to finish their work but not before giving final approval to a state budget that currently contains at least 1.1 million tax dollars for Planned Parenthood. Pro-life advocates in the Volunteer State are working overtime to get legislators to reduce or zero out that money.
The appropriation for Planned Parenthood, the nation’s largest abortion business, was included in pro-abortion Governor Phil Bredesen’s proposed budget for non-abortion family planning services.
But leaders at Tennessee Right to Life note that the money is fungible and state taxpayer dollars that go to the abortion business for other parts of its budget frees up money to do abortions.
"Tax subsidies should not be granted to an organization that profits from the killing of unborn children while aggressively working to block enactment of laws meant to safeguard women and unborn children," the group said in a statement to LifeNews.com.
"At the very least government ought not be subsidizing abortion facilities with dollars that help to pay staff, overhead and community outreach efforts," it added.
The group is asking pro-life advocates to contact their state legislators and ask them to stop funding of Planned Parenthood. TRTL is concerned that lawmakers are going to be overwhelmed with calls on other political issues and say calls and emails from pro-life people are crucial.
"With so many matters vying for the attention of legislators, pro-life citizens must be overwhelming in our support for cutting Planned Parenthood’s funding," the group told LifeNews.com.
Anyone wanting to contact elected officials can go to the Tennessee legislature web site at https://www.legislature.state.tn.us
Related web sites:
Tennessee Right to Life – https://www.tnrtl.org