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Use of State Family Planning Funding – Prioritizing Entities (SB 2494 / HB 2262)

Seeks to ensure that entities that promote or support elective abortions do not benefit directly or indirectly from state funding.

Bill Analysis

The intent of this legislation is similar to that of SB 2148/HB 2251, which is to eliminate family planning funds from going to entities that provide elective abortions such as Planned Parenthood. This bill would place into law the method implemented by the Haslam administration to prioritize entities receiving these funds with entities such as Planned Parenthood being awarded the funds only as a last resort if there is no other qualified entity to perform the required services.

Bill Sponsors

Johnson in the Senate
Dunn in the House

Bill Status

Signed by Governor 4/9/18, Public Chapter 660.

Full Text: Senate Bill / House Bill

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Use of State Family Planning Funding (SB 2148 / HB 2251)

Seeks to ensure that entities that promote or support elective abortions do not benefit directly or indirectly from state funding.

Bill Analysis

According to the Department of Finance and Administration almost $1 million in state funding over the last five years went to entities such as Planned Parenthood that perform elective abortions. The funding in question is in the form of family planning grants from the federal government. The federal rules do not exclude abortion providers from receiving the grants, therefore the bill directs the commissioner of F&A to submit a request for a waiver to exclude such entities in the distribution of those funds. While such waivers were not approved by the Obama administration, there is some hope that the Trump administration would take a different approach.

Bill Sponsors

Bell in the Senate
Matlock in the House

Bill Status

Signed by the Governor, Public Chapter 682.

Full Text: Senate Bill / House Bill

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The ‘Immorality’ of Having Children

Travis Rieder, an environmental extremist and climate change believer featured on NBC News’ Think website, is suggesting that children harm the planet due to their carbon footprint and even compares his own daughter to a murderer who must be “responsible for her own [carbon] emissions.” Rieder goes on to write, “If having one fewer child reduces one’s contribution to the harms of climate change, the choice of family size becomes a morally relevant one.”

This kind of argument brings a new type of “morality” from the Left, a new ethical argument to which many pro-aborts might turn to in the future to endorse a “responsible” view of family planning.

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