2018-REDIRECTING FAMILY PLANNING FUNDS FROM PLANNED PARENTHOOD

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.

HB 2262 by Rep. Bill Dunn / SB 2494 by Sen. Jack Johnson will make this administrative policy permanent by codifying it in state law.

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2017 - TENNESSEE INFANTS PROTECTION ACT

  • Strengthens current law enacted in 1973 regarding post-viability abortion

  • Requires viability assessment after beginning of 20th week of pregnancy (LMP) to measure gestational age, weight, or other factors to determine viability

  • Defines viability in state law

  • Establishes presumption in TN law that an unborn child of at least 24 weeks gestation (LMP) is viable

  • Constitutional under current U.S. Supreme Court doctrine

  • Mirrors 2011 Ohio statute which is in effect and has never been challenged

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