On Monday, in a 71-17 vote, the Tennessee House passed a bill designed to prevent state taxpayer money from being allocated to entities that perform elective abortions. House Bill 2251, sponsored by Rep. Jimmy Matlock (R-Lenoir City), would require the state Medicaid program to submit a waiver to the federal government asking that Tennessee not be forced to send tax dollars to such groups.
According to the U.S. Governmental Accountability Office, in 2014 alone Tennessee sent $400,000 taxpayer dollars to Planned Parenthood. State and federal law already ban Medicaid abortion funding.
Sen. Mike Bell (R-Riceville) will now seek passage of the companion bill, Senate Bill 2148.
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