Rep. Andy Holt

Rep. Andy Holt (District 76)

DRESDEN, Tenn., August 4, 2015– Over the course of the past few weeks, we have seen multiple heart-breaking videos that tell the true story of Planned Parenthood. As it turns out, violating federal law, harvesting stolen souls for profit, and attempting to cover it up as some conspiracy theory is just another day at the office of Planned Parenthood. An effort to defund Planned Parenthood was recently defeated in the United States Senate, but that doesn’t mean the State of Tennessee cannot act. I, for one, am sick and tired of being told by Washington politicians that they are going to do something and yet they never get the job done. Therefore, I am launching my own investigation into Planned Parenthood’s funding in Tennessee. Once again, Tennessee will lead where Washington fails to.

Time and time again, the argument has been made that Planned Parenthood provides healthcare services for women, not just abortions, and we cannot allow them to close their doors because women will go without healthcare. Correct me if I’m wrong, but I thought Obamacare was sold to the American people as solving this issue of people going without healthcare. So, is Obamacare failing, or is Planned Parenthood lying? You tell me.

Then we are told that the Hyde Amendment (federal law) and a mirroring state law prohibit the use of tax dollars given to Planned Parenthood from being used to perform abortive procedures. That’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. Last time I checked, using tax dollars to pay the rent on an abortion clinic is money being used to provide abortive services.

Enough is enough.

Earlier this week, I began working with legal services, TennCare and the Department of Health to see exactly how many federal or state tax-payer dollars have been given to Planned Parenthood through means provided by the state of Tennessee. I expect full cooperation from all parties I am working with. If I find one red cent of tax-payer money going to Planned Parenthood, there will be legislation introduced next session to outlaw it. Mark my words.

I will not allow myself or my constituents to be complicit in the profiteering of stolen souls.

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