Planned Parenthood Nashville chapter loses grant

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – The Planned Parenthood chapter in Nashville is no longer getting government funds after a grant was diverted Friday to the city's public health department.

An official of the agency says the controversy forcing the funding shift has benefits for Planned Parenthood, according to The Tennessean.

Gynecological examinations and birth control counseling offered by the group will cost patients more. However, Jeff Teague, president and CEO of Planned Parenthood of Middle and East Tennessee, says the public discussion about the group, which also provides abortions, has showcased the broader array of services the organization offers. By federal rules, government money did not pay for abortions.

Brian Harris, president of Tennessee Right to Life, an anti-abortion group that has long lobbied to strip Planned Parenthood of government funding, called the switch a “victory for the taxpayers.” 

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