United States District Judge William Haynes ruled today to grant a preliminary injunction to stop the Tennessee Department of Health from rescinding its grant funding for HIV and syphilis testing at Planned Parenthood.
Just two weeks ago, the Memphis Gay & Lesbian Community Center was forced to end its free, Planned Parenthood-sponsored weekly HIV tests because of the funding loss. Planned Parenthood Greater Memphis Region and Planned Parenthood of Middle and East Tennessee sued the state, claiming the funding loss was a violation of federal law.
“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 Barry Chase, Planned Parenthood Greater Memphis Region’s CEO.