TN Reaction in the Debate Over Federal Funding of Planned Parenting
Nashville, TN – A stark line has been drawn between two sides debating whether to continue allowing federal funds to support Planned Parenthood. U.S. Sen. David Vitter (R-La.) has introduced legislation to drastically cut the organization's use of federal tax dollars, while an independant study, performed by the Guttmacher Institute, reports publicly funded family planning services, at both hospitals and nonprofit clinics, are highly effective and actually save money.
Keri Adams, vice president of community affairs for Planned Parenthood of Middle and East Tennessee, says the study shows Tennessee saves on TennCare maternity costs when her organization receives federal funding. 12,000 low-income women are served every year, she adds.
"The study estimates that, for every dollar spent on family planning services in Tennessee, we save $6.37 on TennCare-related maternity costs."
Vitter's effort to cut federal money is short-sighted, claims Adams.
"If preventing abortion is really what they are concerned with, they would be working with us to increase our funding to help women prevent unintended pregnancy in the first place."
Those wishing to cut the funding say Planned Parenthood is the nation's largest provider of abortions. Adams argues the federal funds can't be used to provide abortion services, only family planning. A vote on Vitter's amendment to bill HR1105 is likely tomorrow or Saturday.