The Bradley County Commission, after an impassioned plea by Commissioner Dan Rawls, voted 14-0 on Tuesday night to ask Gov. Bill Haslam and the Tennessee General Assembly to defund Planned Parenthood, reports The Chattanoogan.
Commissioner Rawls said he proposed the resolution based on the organization “selling body parts and tissue harvested from aborted babies.”
Saying that through the centuries there had been a focus on “protecting the weak,” he said, “What mental illness afflicts them? What demons possess them? No humans would do those things.”
He called the founder of Planned Parenthood “a despicable piece of human filth.”
The commission also voted down a move by Commissioner Thomas Crye to ask the General Assembly to put the Insure Tennessee program into place. He said some 6,000 Bradley County residents would be affected.
Commissioner Rawls also had an adamant stance on that issue, saying that Senator Mike Bell told him that as many as 480,000 might qualify for the program – up from an earlier 280,000.
He said, “The cost is going to be astronomical. This is not free money. It’s borrowed money.”
Commissioner Rawls said the last time Tennessee had a Medicaid expansion “it almost bankrupted the state. It had to remove 170,000 people from the program.”
In the end, not even Commissioner Crye voted for the motion.