The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention chose Shelby County as a funding site for the project because of the high rates of syphilis transmission in our community. In 2009, Shelby County ranked fifteenth of all counties in the U.S. for symptomatic syphilis. Shelby County has the highest number of newly-diagnosed syphilis cases in Tennessee, and the infection rate for all stages of syphilis is five times higher in Shelby County than in the U.S. overall.So what does the Shelby County Health Dept. do...they outsource it to Planned Parenthood.
You may remember that Yvonne Madlock, the Director of Shelby County Health Dept. was the only one out of 95 counties in TN that would not take on the responsibility of family planning services with the Title X money from the govt. Madock wrote her "conditions" to TN Health Commissioner Susan Cooper in a letter stating she would accept the $1.345MM on a month to month basis and will not rule out subbing it out to Planned Parenthood. Planned Parenthood was to be defunded. That was the intent of the legislature. Some stealth tactics or antics were used to circumvent what the legislators clearly thought they voted on.
Shelby County continues to "friend" Planned Parenthood to the tune of 75K instead of doing the work. Madlock disses the Commissioner of Health, the state legislature and continues to pick and chooses her assignments.
Now she has the audacity to award a grant from CDC to Planned Parenthood/Memphis because of their "stellar record."
And let us not forget how Memphis PP distinguished themselves....