UPDATE: Pro-Life HB 2262 passed in the House Health Committee by a voice vote. The bill will now be heard in the House Finance, Ways & Means Committee.
URGENT: Last week the newly-elected pro-abortion governor in another state overturned pro-life funding policies of the outgoing governor and, in his first official act, restored state funding for Planned Parenthood. Tennessee must codify into law the pro-life administrative policy of Governor Haslam to ensure that future governors will be bound by funding priorities which prioritize ethical health care providers over abortion facilities.
After years of focused efforts by pro-life lawmakers and principled leadership by Governor Haslam, Tennessee successfully implemented policy in 2011 which has resulted in millions of tax dollars being re-directed away from Planned Parenthood facilities in our state. Under Haslam's direction, an administrative process was established which prioritizes public health departments to receive the public funds appropriated for family planning programs rather than private non-profit organizations such as Planned Parenthood. Prior to 2011, Planned Parenthood affiliates in Tennessee received more than $1.1 million dollars annually.
As Governor Haslam prepares to leave office, Tennessee Right to Life and pro-life legislators seek to make this administrative policy permanent by codifying it in state law. HB 2262 by Rep. Bill Dunn (R-Knoxville) will be heard in the House Health Committee on Tuesday, February 27 at 10:30 a.m. (CST)