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Planned Parenthood Calls Tennessee Governor Racist For Defunding Them

Planned Parenthood of Memphis, furious that Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam signed two bills this week to defund Planned Parenthood and other abortion groups, slammed Haslam as a racist.

Sarah Wallet, the medical director for Planned Parenthood of Greater Memphis, stated, “This hurts patients. It prevents them from seeing a healthcare provider they choose. Specifically, in our area, reproductive healthcare is difficult to access for some people. There’s a lot of stigma surrounding reproductive healthcare. This will especially hurt women of color.”

As Life News points out, Wallet is off-base: “Federally-qualified community health centers vastly outnumber Planned Parenthood facilities in Tennessee and provide much more comprehensive health care. A 2015 comparison showed 187 service sites in Tennessee compared to just four Planned Parenthoods.”

And, of course, for any Planned Parenthood outlet to complain about racism is massively hypocritical; Protecting Black Life (an outreach of Life Issues Institute) reported in 2012 that 79% of Planned Parenthood’s surgical abortion facilities were located within walking distance of African American and/or Hispanic/Latino communities, based on statistics from 2010 Census Data tracts.

The Centers For Disease Control reported two years ago that in 2013, although only 13% of the American population is black, 35% of the babies murdered in abortions are black. In New York City, more black babies are aborted than are born.

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