Feds overstep state; give $1.2 million to Memphis PP
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The federal government has interfered with Tennessee’s efforts to defund Planned Parenthood by directly funding the abortion giant to the tune of more than $1.1 million, to be received over the course of three years.

Tennessee last year diverted Title X money to county health departments. In Shelby County, where Memphis is located, the county health department decided to partner with Christ Community Health Center to provide more services to women in need, effectively cutting off Title X funding to PP.

Lt. Governor Ron Ramsey decried the federal grant, saying the state defunded Planned Parenthood for a reason. Following an emerging pattern of undermining states’ sovereignty, the federal grant will replace almost half the funding that the state cut from Planned Parenthood.

Planned Parenthood of the Greater Memphis Region was recently in the news opposing the law designed to protect Tennessee children against graphic, salacious sex education, saying that the law “guts the state’s ‘family life’ sexuality education program.”

Prompted by a 2010 classroom demonstration of “safe oral sex” using a “sex toy” in a Nashville classroom, the law now prohibits classroom use of “devices specifically manufactured for sexual stimulation.” It also bans teachers from talking about “gateway sexual activity”—such as genital touching—in sex education courses, and requires sex ed to “exclusively and emphatically promote sexual risk avoidance through abstinence, regardless of a student’s current or prior sexual experience.”