Mother Jones has a post that gets at the heart of the efforts to provide reproductive healthcare to Memphis:
In November 2011, officials in Shelby County, Tennessee decided to defund its local Planned Parenthood, taking away the $397,000 in state funding to the Memphis chapter. The Obama administration responded in July 2012 by awarding family planning funds directly to Planned Parenthood Greater Memphis, but it's worth noting what happened to all that state money that didn't go to Planned Parenthood in the meantime.
As we discussed, nothing happened with a great deal of that money.
The interesting part of this story is how, between this and the CANDO brouhaha, we see another potential fault line emerging in the Republican party. A lot of Republican voters truly believe that the Republican party wants to get government — meaning all form of government — out of the way of people's lives. But increasingly, what Republican politicians are actually putting into practice is a philosophy that undermines local government and defies federal government in order to consolidate power at the state level.
A lot of voters who think they've been promised no bosses are going to be surprised to find it's "meet the new boss, same as the old boss."
On a side note, that's Nashville's own Rachel Walden being referred to in the Mother Jones post. She's the force behind Women's Health News, a great resource if you're interested in actual facts about women's health. And she has a fascinating piece in the new issue of the Scene about the debate over "legitimate rape."