Excerpt from Dr. Omar Hamada blog: I have been in close contact with Rep. Andy Holt (R-Dresden) who has been investigating the funding of Planned Parenthood. As it turns out, he has found that over the past 3 years, Planned Parenthood of Tennessee has received at least $108,100 tax-payer dollars. Remember the Planned Parenthood representative that said Middle and East Tennessee received no money? Well, almost $4,000 of that money went to Planned Parenthood’s middle-Tennessee clinic. Some legislators continue to maintain that this is federal money and that the funds cannot be used to provide abortion. That is only partially true.
The state of Tennessee is required to pay 10% of the bill. That means that over the past 3 years, at least $10,800 has been taken directly from the State of Tennessee’s budget, which is funded directly by your tax dollars, and given to Planned Parenthood. For the remaining $97,200, last time I checked, the federal government is funded by our tax-dollars.
As for the argument that this money cannot be used to provide abortion due to the federal Hyde Amendment and parallel state law because it bans abortion providers from using tax-money to fund abortive procedures, nothing could be more misleading. The Hyde Amendment and similar laws are nothing more than feel-good legislation passed by politicians so they can say they did something. There is no way of enforcing the law. It’s like saying money we send to Iran cannot be used to develop a nuclear bomb because they are only allowed to use the money to pay the light bill on their nuclear facilities. Using tax dollars to pay the rent on an abortion clinic is money being used to provide abortive services. It’s called cost shifting.
Omar L. Hamada, MD, MBA, (FAAFP | FACOG | FICS), USASOC, a heavily decorated, veteran Major of the United States Army Special Forces (Airborne), is an accomplished physician and business executive in both civilian and military healthcare markets living in Tennessee with his wife, Dr. Tara Hamada, and their four children.