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Metro Cuts Ties With Planned Parenthood

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The Metro Public Health Department is ending its controversial relationship with Planned Parenthood.

Davidson County gets money from the state to provide family planning services.  The health department doesn't have the staff to provide those services itself, so it had contracted the services out to Planned Parenthood.

Beginning July 1, Metro will provide those services.  It is getting an additional $359,700 from the state to expand its family planning services.

According to the health department the money will allow the agency to provide additional families with the following services: Complete physical exams, breast exams, Pap smears, STD screenings, Hemoglobin checks, Immunizations and birth control.

Planned Parenthood is the country's largest abortion provider, however no state money was used to pay for abortions.

Earlier this year, the state Legislature attempted to block the group from receiving state funds, but thanks to a last-minute change to the budget, the funding remained.

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