Defunding Planned Parenthood in Tennessee
In November 2011, officials in Shelby County, Tennessee decided to defund its local Planned Parenthood. They took away the $397,000 in state funding to the Memphis chapter. The Obama administration responded in July 2012 by awarding family planning funds directly to Planned Parenthood Greater Memphis. Unfortunately, it's worth noting what happened to all that state money that didn't go to Planned Parenthood in the meantime. Local officials decided that instead of giving that Title X money to Planned Parenthood for health screenings, STD tests, and birth control, they'd instead give it to Christ Community Health Services. This religious organization refuses to provide abortions or refer women to others who would provide them.