November 10, 2023

Tennessee AG Sues Biden Admin for Diverting Title X Funds to Planned Parenthood

Tennessee Attorney General Jonathan Skrmetti (R)
Last month, Tennessee Attorney General Jonathan Skrmetti filed a lawsuit against the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) for diverting Tennessee Title X funds to Planned Parenthood.

The Biden administration, through the HHS, announced earlier this year that it would no longer provide federal funding to Tennessee's health departments through Title X. This is because the Biden administration now requires Title X fund recipients to refer women for abortion, something that Tennessee does not require.

Under Tennessee's Human Life Protection Act, unborn children are largely protected from abortion, so Biden is asking pregnancy resource centers to refer women for a service that is illegal in the state.

According to the Associated Press, Tennessee collected about $7.1 million annually in recent years to help fund family planning organizations in the state. Now, most of those dollars are being sent directly to Planned Parenthood.

By diverting Title X taxpayer dollars to Planned Parenthood, the Biden administration is helping to fund the abortion business's legal fight against the Human Life Protection Act.

“We are suing to stop the federal government from playing politics with the health of Tennessee women,” Skrmetti said in a statement. “Our lawsuit is necessary to ensure that Tennessee can continue its 50-year track record of successfully providing these public health services to its neediest populations.”