Press Release from Lt. Governor Ron Ramsey; June 10, 2011:
Davidson County severs ties, Shelby expected to follow
(Nashville) – Lt. Gov. Ron Ramsey (R – Blountville) praised the work of Gov. Bill Haslam and the Tennessee Department of Health for moving to administratively defund Planned Parenthood.
It was announced today that Davidson County is ending its contract with the organization and assuming control of all family planning services. Shelby County is also expected to begin the process of transitioning away from its Planned Parenthood contract.
“We are at long last moving towards the final stages of the Planned Parenthood shell game,” said Lt. Gov. Ramsey. “It has always been the ambition of Republicans in the legislature to defund this organization. I was proud to lead the charge to turn over family planning services to the county health departments effectively defunding the organization in 93 out of 95 counties. I’d like to praise the Governor for working to completely turn off the spigot of taxpayer funds to Planned Parenthood.”
Planned Parenthood is the largest abortion provider in the country. While no state funds have gone to fund abortion, health departments have in the past contracted family planning services to Planned Parenthood. Two years ago, the General Assembly passed a law handing over family planning responsibilities to county health departments. Unfortunately, both Shelby and Davidson Counties continued to contract with Planned Parenthood. The decisions by this final two health department represent the final vestiges of state collaboration with Planned Parenthood.