Memphis Planned Parenthood gets federal grant

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) -- A federal grant to the Memphis Planned Parenthood organization will restore more than half the funding cut last year by state lawmakers.

The local chapter announced the $395,000 grant Thursday. It came from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

The Tennessee Legislature eliminated $748,000 in funds saying state funding should not cover abortions.

Planned Parenthood President Barry Chase told The Commercial Appeal the federal funds won't pay for abortions, either. They will be used to provide free birth control and free annual examinations to low-income women.

The federal grant was quickly denounced by Tennessee Right to Life.

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