The federal Health and Human Services department will give almost $400 thousand in grant money to Planned Parenthood in Memphis over the next three years.
The money is for planning services, including birth control, as well as cancer screenings and testing for sexual diseases.
State lawmakers have previously tried to take money away from Planned Parenthood because it also provides abortions. Anti-abortion groups have laid in against the grant, with Republican Lieutenant Governor Ron Ramsey calling it “awful news” on Twitter.
But Memphis Congressman Steve Cohen, a Democrat, defends the move. Cohen points to figures from Factcheck, arguing Planned Parenthood can’t use the money for abortion, and that it’s hardly the group’s sole focus.