Planned Parenthood and other abortion facilities in Tennessee will no longer receive funding after a bill signed by Governor Bill Haslam goes into effect, reports The Daily Wire.
“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,” said Haslam’s press secretary, Jennifer Donnals.
The state has ultimately funded abortion for the past six years, an unfortunate scenario Rep. Jimmy Matlock, R-Lenoir City pointed out when he argued that nearly $1 million has been given to pro-abortion clinics during that period.
Planned Parenthood claims its funding goes towards offering legitimate health care services other than just abortion, which they insist is only 3 percent of services.
However, an article by the Washington Post debunks that theory and says patients who received abortions accounted for nearly 12 percent of total patients in 2013.
Tennessee is now requesting a federal waiver to ban Tennessee’s Medicaid program, TennCare, from funding abortion clinics.
The funding allocated to TennCare will now be redirected to legitimate healthcare providers. Facilities that perform abortions can receive funding again by ceasing to provide abortions to patients.
“We have dozens of other medical clinics,” the sponsor of the bill, Sen. Mike Bell, said. “This is not a cut. It is the policy of the state to favor childbirth as an integral part of the health and the welfare of the state.”
“This bill is a statement,” Bell said. “It’s a statement from this legislative body. It’s a statement from the people of Tennessee, that we want our money to stop going to providers that perform elective abortions.”