Press Release from Senate Speaker Ron Ramsey, R-Blountville:
Nashville – Lt. Governor Ron Ramsey today announced that Planned Parenthood will not be allowed to place an abortion clinic next door to Memphis Catholic High School. The state Health Services and Development Agency voted to allow the move last month after the Catholic Diocese of Memphis formally protested the move. At the time, Lt. Governor Ramsey criticized the HSDA’s action as shocking and insensitive.
“I am very pleased that the nation’s largest abortion provider will not be allowed to set up shop next door to Memphis Catholic High School,” said Lt. Governor Ramsey. “The HSDA’s action showed extremely poor judgment and I am very pleased at this outcome.”
Planned Parenthood Greater Memphis Region had received approval from the HSDA in December to relocate to 1750 Madison Avenue in Memphis. The location would have housed two surgical rooms where over 700 abortions would have been performed annually. Memphis Catholic High School as well as a nursing home for retired priests is located two-tenths of a mile from the site.
After the HSDA vote, Lt. Governor Ramsey directed the Senate Government Operations Committee to bring the HSDA before the committee and explain the action. On December 23, the property owner of the building located at 1750 Madison Avenue assured his tenants in a letter that “negotiations with Planned Parenthood of Memphis to occupy the Sixth floor have ceased and they will not be moving into our building.”
Lt. Governor Ramsey was recently named Tennessee Right to Life Legislator of the Year. In the 2009 legislative session, he led the fight to deny state funds to Planned Parenthood, the nation’s largest abortion provider.