Shelby Commission Drops Planned Parenthood Contract

The Shelby County Commission voted 9-4 Monday in favor of giving a contract to local nonprofit group Christ Community Health Services to provide family-planning services for poor people, reports the Commercial Appeal.
The vote was a setback for Planned Parenthood Greater Memphis Region, which currently has a temporary county contract and protested the proposed switch to Christ Community.
The contract focused on family planning, but abortion was an underlying issue. Planned Parenthood performs abortions; Christ Community does not.
“It is about abortion. That’s why so many people are here,” said Jeff Drzycimski, a Catholic deacon and one of several abortion opponents who spoke at Monday’s commission meeting. “We want our tax dollars not to fund Planned Parenthood, not to fund the killing of children.”
After the vote, Planned Parenthood spokeswoman Joan Carr said the organization would now have to charge patients for birth-control services.
“This decision is not in the best interest of the women and families of Shelby County and was the result of state and local political pandering,” she said in a statement. “It is unfortunate that politics trumped people’s needs.”

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