LifeNews reported today on new funding the Obama administration is sending to a Planned Parenthood abortion business in Memphis, Tennessee. As more details have surfaced about the funding, pro-life advocates are up in arms over it.
The Obama administration has sent a family planning grant of $395,000, but additional information shows the grant is an annual one that the abortion giant will receive in Memphis for three years — totaling almost $1.2 million. Barry Chase, executive director of Planned Parenthood Greater Memphis, told the Tennessean newspaper that the money from the Obama administration will replace the $700,000 in funding the state formerly provided it.
Lt. Governor Ron Ramsey is livid about the Obama administration going over the heads of the state government and sending federal taxpayer funds to the nation’s biggest abortion company.
“By funneling federal tax dollars to abortion providers in Tennessee, Barack Obama has proven once again why he needs to be defeated for a second term. Tennessee has taken a stand against Planned Parenthood’s pro-abortion shell game and defunded these organizations for a reason,” he said in a statement. “”Tennessee has taken a stand against Planned Parenthood’s pro-abortion shell game and defunded these organizations for a reason.”
Marjorie Dannenfelser, president of the Susan B. Anthony List, is also upset.
“From day one of his presidency, Obama has gone to extremes to support Planned Parenthood, America’s largest abortion provider,” she said in a statement to LifeNews. “He has refused to yield in the face of Planned Parenthood’s scandals including their exposure as an ally of alleged human traffickers and as willing to turn a blind eye to sex-selective abortion in their clinics. Additionally, it defies reason to send more federal funds to an organization that has been found culpable in the waste, abuse, and potential fraud of millions of taxpayer dollars.”
She continued: “Clearly, protecting Planned Parenthood’s taxpayer funded bottom line – and not protecting women and girls – is President Obama’s top priority. Come November, the SBA List will work to ensure voters remember this at the ballot box.”
Last year, Governor Bill Haslam urged local public health departments in Memphis and Nashville to accept all available Title X funds, an effort which successfully ended Title X funding for Tennessee’s Planned Parenthood facilities, when Shelby County commissioners ultimately voted to, instead, award its Title X funds to Christ Community Health, which does not provide or promote abortion.
“While we are disappointed that any tax funding would be directed to private organizations promoting and profiting from the killing of unborn children, this end run around the people of Tennessee will serve to underscore the urgent need to elect a pro-life president, Senate and Congress in November,” said Brian Harris, president of Tennessee Right to Life.
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Similarly, in New Hampshire, last year the Obama Administration awarded a non-competitive $1 million contract with Planned Parenthood of Northern New England, which bypassed the state’s decision to cut off taxpayer funding of the abortion business.
Further, the Obama administration has threatened to yank health funds to Indiana and Texas over its decisions to cut Planned Parenthood funding.