Tennessee GOP Candidate Opposes Family Planning for Lower Income Residents

Tennessee GOP candidate for governor, Bill Haslam, would not support state funding of family planning services for lower income residents.

When asked by the Tennessee Economic Council on Women if the candidates for governor would support the state’s participation in a federal Medicaid program which pays 90 percent of the costs associated with family planning services, Haslam says he would not. Democrat Mike McWherter says it’s a good idea.

When asked why, Haslam said it was because Planned Parenthood is a contractor with the state. He opposes legal abortion, apparently, and since Planned Parenthood provides abortion care as well, Haslam said he would not support the provision of subsidized family planning at all.

“As somebody who is pro-life, Planned Parenthood has a definitely different mission,” Haslam said. “They’re not somewhere that I’m going to support giving money to, pretty simple.”

Republicans in Tennessee’s state legislature attempted to defund Planned Parenthood last year.

However, is that really the reason Haslam said he would oppose a mostly federally-funded family planning services for his state’s lower income residents? Not according to his own statement:

After the meeting, Haslam clarified his stance on subsidized birth control, saying, “No, I wouldn’t be in favor of the state supporting contraceptives. I would not favor them.”

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  • joan2

    Thanks for posting this! We here in Tennessee are trying to get the word out about just how radical Haslam’s position is on this issue. Not only is he opposed to Planned Parenthood, he’s opposed to expanding the family planning services available at local health departments. You have to conclude that he is simply opposed to contraception in general. That is a pretty radical stance to take in the 21st century!

  • forced-birth-rape

    The man sounds like the typical republican “PIG!” He is not a woman, he does not know what it is like to be pregnant, or give birth. But he is all in favor of women having extreme vaginal pain when they do not want to.

    Forcing poor women to be pregnant and give birth makes them sink into deeper poverty, and keeps them poor. Republicans are hateful to women.

  • purplemistydez

    So he does not women to have abortions, but he does not want women to use contraceptives to prevent pregnancy in the first place?  Is it me or is the GOP idiots?