Metro Council approves $500,000 grant for Planned Parenthood

Councilmembers said the grant would focus on safe sex education and practice rather than just abortion services.
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Published: Sep. 30, 2022 at 9:15 PM CDT
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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WSMV) - Metro Council members approved funding a grant to Planned Parenthood of Tennessee and North Mississippi Tuesday night.

The newly passed resolution will appropriate $500,000 from the Metro Council Office, the Mayor’s Office, and the Nashville Department of Transportation and Multimodal Infrastructure. These funds would then be transferred to a new “Family Planning Services” account that will be available for a grant to Planned Parenthood.

During the meeting, city officials clarified that the grant could not be used to find abortion services for patients outside of Tennessee.

Metro Council officials said the grant would help Planned Parenthood of Tennessee and North Mississippi provide comprehensive sexual health education in Nashville and Davidson County, distribute safe sex supply kits, provide accurate information about abortion and reproductive health care, and services related to abortion navigation for those seeking abortion care outside of Tennessee.

The resolution is sponsored by Councilmembers Porterfield, Sepulveda, Benedict, Welsch, O’Connell, Mendes, Parker, and Cash.