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PPMET and PPGMR Granted Preliminary Injunction

Federal Judge in Tennessee Rules in Favor of Health

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 Keri Adams, 615-345-0952, keria@ppmet.org


Published: 02.16.12| Updated: 02.16.12

Injunction to halt State Department of Health from Stripping HIV/STD Prevention Funds

NASHVILLE, TN – Planned Parenthood Middle and East Tennessee applauds United States District Judge William Haynes’s ruling today to grant a preliminary injunction to halt the Tennessee Department of Health’s decision to rescind HIV and syphilis testing and prevention grants awarded to Planned Parenthood affiliates in Tennessee.

“This ruling is a victory for the thousands of women, men and teens of Tennessee who rely on Planned Parenthood for HIV and STD testing and prevention counseling. Planned Parenthood has provided these services in our communities for more than 10 years and is eminently qualified to continue providing them,” said Jeff Teague, President and CEO of Planned Parenthood Middle and East Tennessee.

In the suit against the state, Planned Parenthood argues they were excluded from the HIV and syphilis elimination programs for providing comprehensive women’s health care—a violation of federal law and the constitutional rights of Planned Parenthood.

In 2011, 17,698 women, men and teens relied on Planned Parenthood's nonprofit health centers in communities throughout Tennessee for a wide range of quality, affordable health care services including annual exams, birth control counseling and care, reproductive cancer screenings, STD prevention and treatment and abortion care. One in five American women has relied on Planned Parenthood at some point in her life. Planned Parenthood has been operating in Tennessee for more than 75 years.  

"This decision will allow us to continue our life saving work, providing high quality educational programming with accurate health information and services," said Lyndsey Godwin, PPMET’s Manager of Education and Training. "HIV prevention education and counseling empowers people and saves lives."

Over the past five years, the rate of new HIV infections among 15-to-24-year-olds in Tennessee has more than doubled. Tennessee’s syphilis infection rate is the fifth highest in the nation, with 60 percent of all new syphilis cases in the state occurring in Shelby County.

“With such dismal health statistics, now is not the time to cut prevention programs that are proven to work,” Teague continued.

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