Federal cuts wouldn't end Planned Parenthood

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- A Planned Parenthood official in Tennessee says the organization will continue if it loses federal funding.

Jeff Teague, the president of Planned Parenthood of Middle and East Tennessee, told The Tennessean losing federal grants would force what he called hard choices, but would not cause the group to close its doors.

About 15 percent of Planned Parenthood's funding comes from government grants.

An amendment to a spending bill before the U.S. Senate would end federal Title X grants to the group.

Planned Parenthood provides abortions, but also offers a number of other health services that include birth control, annual health examinations, cancer screenings and the diagnosis and treatment of sexually transmitted diseases.

By law, federal money can't be used for abortion services.

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Information from: The Tennessean, http://www.tennessean.com

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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