Finally breaking a deadlock, the Shelby County (Tennessee) Commissioners voted to award Christ Community Health Services a $400,000 contract for family planning services for the poor. This is the first time in 35 years that Planned Parenthood did not receive the funding.
Christ Community Health Services, whose mission is “to provide quality services in the name of Jesus Christ,” will not perform abortions or offer emergency contraceptives.
In its application for the $400,000, Christ Community said that it would administer emergency contraceptives, but now says it won’t because of its beliefs. Instead, it will contract that service to a third party.
Planned Parenthood supporters said that they should not be subjected to sermons in order to get help.
“I have the right to health care that is non-religious and non-judgmental,” argued Abby Schoef.
“What is it going to do to the people who aren’t Christian?” asked an unidentified woman. “I’m sorry to inform you that not all of us are Christians and not all of us believe.”