Thu
Feb 2 2012
07:38 pm

From a press release:

NASHVILLE, TN – This morning Planned Parenthood of Middle and East Tennessee and Planned Parenthood Greater Memphis Region filed suit against the Tennessee Department of Health in federal district court to restore preventive care funding under the HIV Prevention Services Grant program and the Syphilis Elimination Grant program.

Planned Parenthood affiliates won funding for community education and health services work in these programs in August 2011 following a competitive bidding process. In December 2011, the grant contracts to both Planned Parenthood of Middle and East Tennessee (PPMET) and Planned Parenthood Greater Memphis Region (PPGMR) were dropped with no reason given after they were approved and without identifying a qualified provider to meet the need left by the elimination of Planned Parenthood from these prevention programs.

"It is disgraceful that Governor Haslam and Commissioner Dreyzehner have put politics ahead of the health and well-being of thousands of Tennesseans," said Jeff Teague, PPMET’s CEO. "Women and men count on Planned Parenthood for lifesaving health information, including HIV prevention. To jeopardize the lives and health of young people across Tennessee for purely political reasons is shocking and irresponsible."

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