Fifty-six lawmakers led by Rep. Vicky Hartzler, R-Missouri, have requested that federal officials investigate Planned Parenthood’s part in failing to report the suspected sexual abuse of minors. Hartzler, along with 55 Republicans, sent a letter to the Department of Health and Human Services asking for a probe into Planned Parenthood, which is in ongoing receipt of federal Title X funding. This group would like an investigation into whether Planned Parenthood “failed in its duty to report suspected child abuse to local authorities and to HHS.” The group formally announced its request in a press conference Thursday morning at the Capitol.
The following 14 governors have threatened to file suit if the Trump administration cuts taxpayer funding for Planned Parenthood: Jay Inslee of Washington; Gina Raimondo of Rhode Island; Andrew Cuomo of New York; Mark Dayton of Minnesota; John Hickenlooper of Colorado; Dan Malloy of Connecticut; Steve Bullock of Montana; David Ige of Hawaii; Tom Wolf of Pennsylvania; Kate Brown of Oregon; John Carney of Delaware; Roy Cooper of North Carolina; Phil Murphy of New Jersey; and Ralph Northam of Virginia.
Planned Parenthood Greater Memphis Region will consolidate with Planned Parenthood of Middle and East Tennessee. The two will do business as Planned Parenthood of Tennessee and North Mississippi beginning on June 4. The current CEO of Planned Parenthood Greater Memphis Region, Ashley Coffield, will serve as CEO of the combined agency. Coffield stated: “Given the increased attacks on Planned Parenthood nationally and locally, consolidation will allow us to serve and advocate with a strong, unified voice and is part of our long-term sustainability strategy.”
In the face of a possible HHS investigation into its failure to report suspected child abuse, the possibility of losing its taxpayer funding, and working on its “long-term sustainability strategy,” Planned Parenthood has been using targeted Facebook ads to tell middle and high school students: “Sex is hot—bad sex ed is not!” The ads’ call to action is to sign a petition to “Oppose Abstinence-Only-Until-Marriage Programs.” These ads are in violation of Facebook’s rules, but have yet to be banned.