Moving to de-fund?
The State Executive Branch appears to be trying to find a way to uphold the intent of the Tennessee Legislature with regard to de-funding Planned Parenthood:
According to a report in The Tennessean first published on Wednesday, Governor Haslam's executive departments are beginning to put pressure on the Health Departments in Davidson and Shelby Counties to oversee so-called "family planning" funds more directly, a coded message that means, in reality, that the Governor and Health Commissioner Susan Cooper want to prevent money going to Planned Parenthood or organizations like it that provide abortions as part of their services. It is reported that these county health departments have until some time today to decide how they might carry out the wishes of the executive branch.
Such is the latest in a saga which began with the subversive and unknown changes in the wording of the budget amendment which negated legislative intent to de-fund Planned Parenthood.
Labels: Conservatism, Federal politics, Local politics, Tennessee politics