Memphis Planned Parenthood Gets $395K, Ramsey Decries 'Pro-Abortion Shell Game'

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Tennessee's right wing is atwitter after the news late yesterday that the Memphis branch of Planned Parenthood has received a federal grant of $395,000 annually for the next three years. The cash, from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, will offset some of the hit Planned Parenthood took when lawmakers finally succeeded in defunding the organization in Tennessee last year.

The Commercial Appeal has more details.

Lt. Gov. Ron Ramsey decried what he called President Barack Obama's "attempts to continue the pro-abortion shell game in Tennessee" and quickly sent out a statement responding to the news.

"By funneling federal tax dollars to abortion providers in Tennessee, Barack Obama has proven once again why he needs to be defeated for a second term. Tennessee has taken a stand against Planned Parenthood's pro-abortion shell game and defunded these organizations for a reason," he said.

"This money is a clear attempt to subvert the actions of state government and prop up a culture of death on the decline. The need for pro-life leadership in the White House has never been stronger."

The news also prompted a quick denunciation from Tennessee Right to Life. In its release, the anti-abortion organization emphasized the need to elect a new president, although it did not name Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney, who was for a woman's right to choose before he was against it.

"While we are disappointed that any tax funding would be directed to private organizations promoting and profiting from the killing of unborn children, this end run around the people of Tennessee will serve to underscore the urgent need to elect a pro-life president, Senate and Congress in November," said Brian Harris, president of Tennessee Right to Life.

The awarded funds replace just over half of the nearly $748,000 Planned Parenthood had previously received in Title X funding.

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