Tennessee Attorney General sues federal government for “illegally diverting” funds to this Abortion Goliath

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It was only a matter of time after Roe v. Wade was overturned before states started paying a price for banning abortion. 

That time has come in Tennessee. 

And that’s why the Tennessee Attorney General is suing the federal government for “illegally diverting” funds to this Abortion Goliath.  

Tennessee Attorney General Jonathan Skrmetti announced a groundbreaking lawsuit this week against the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). 

The state is taking a bold stand to overturn the HHS’s decision to withhold federal funding from Tennessee due to its pro-life laws.

Earlier this year, HHS dealt a blow to Tennessee by announcing the state’s ineligibility for millions in Title X grants. 

The reason? Tennessee’s pro-life laws don’t mandate physicians to refer patients for abortions that are illegal in the state. 

Shockingly, last month, it was revealed that the funding initially intended for Tennessee had been redirected to none other than Planned Parenthood, raising concerns among pro-life advocates nationwide.

Attorney General Skrmetti minced no words, declaring, “We are suing to stop the federal government from playing politics with the health of Tennessee women.” 

He went on to emphasize the illegal diversion of funds to Planned Parenthood, which he called out as a direct attack on Tennessee’s longstanding commitment to providing essential health services to its vulnerable populations.

Under the current Title X rules set forth by the Biden administration, family planning clinics must offer abortion referrals to receive funds.

When Tennessee officials stood firm, citing state law and clarifying their facilities would only provide “counseling and referrals for legal pregnancy terminations,” HHS retaliated, stripping the state of all its Title X funding. 

This move left pro-life Tennesseans shocked and outraged.

Planned Parenthood leaders celebrated the windfall, announcing their plans to use the diverted funds to maintain essential services in Tennessee. 

Ashley Colfield, President, and CEO of Planned Parenthood of Tennessee and Northern Mississippi, condemned Tennessee’s refusal to comply with Title X requirements. 

In the lawsuit, Skrmetti is seeking a federal judge’s intervention to reinstate the Title X money and assert a fundamental principle: the federal government cannot withhold funding based on a state’s abortion laws. 

The legal document strongly rebukes HHS’s actions, accusing the department of prioritizing a pro-abortion message over providing essential family planning services to vulnerable women and families across Tennessee.

Pro-life Americans are rallying behind Tennessee’s fight, viewing this legal battle as a pivotal moment in the larger struggle for the sanctity of life. 

The lawsuit symbolizes not just Tennessee’s resilience but also the collective determination of pro-life advocates nationwide. 

As the legal drama unfolds, pro-life supporters are watching closely, hoping that justice prevails and the federal government’s intrusion into states’ rights is rebuffed.

Pro-Life Press will keep you up-to-date on any developments to this ongoing story.