Ohio Legislature Defunds Planned Parenthood, Cuts $1.3 Million in Funding
The Ohio House of Representatives has made its final vote to approve HB 294, which forbids state health funds from going to Planned Parenthood or any other abortion provider in the state.
[10 Feb 2016, http://liveactionnews.org/ohio-legislature-defunds-planned-parenthood-cuts-1-3-million-in-funding/ AND http://news.yahoo.com/bill-strip-planned-parenthood-funds-nears-kasichs-desk-142510161–election.html ]
Christ Hospital in Cincinnati, Ohio Will No Longer Kill Disabled Babies in Abortions
Ohio Senate Votes to Defund Planned Parenthood, Eliminates Almost $1 Million in Grants
On Wednesday, the Ohio Senate voted 22-8 to pass HB 294, legislation eliminating almost $1 million in federal grants to Planned Parenthood.
The bill cleared the state House 62-30 last November, and now returns to the House to resolve changes between both chambers’ versions, after which it is expected to be signed into law by Governor John Kasich.
Sixty-four percent of Ohioans favor eliminating Planned Parenthood’s federal tax funding.
“With an infant mortality crisis like Ohio’s, our State has to be very deliberate in ensuring that funds combating that crisis go to programs that respect the whole continuum of life,” Ohio Right to Life executive director Stephanie Ranade Krider said.
“Ohio Right to Life thanks the leadership of Senate President Keith Faber and Chairman Bill Coley for passing this legislation with careful thought and consideration, and the utmost compassion for mothers and their babies,” she added.
Ohio’s current protections for the preborn place it as the 17th most pro-life state in the country, according to Americans United for Life’s annual Life List.
[Jan 28, 2016, Calvin Freiburger, http://liveactionnews.org/planned-parenthood-defunding-clears-oh-senate-signature-likely/ ]
Ohio Senate Passes Bill to Remove Some Funding from Abortion Providers & Redirects to Qualified Health Centers
On party line voting in committee and on the Senate floor, the Ohio Senate adopted Am. Sub. House Bill 294, which disqualifies abortion businesses from receiving certain federal funds administered by the Ohio Department Of Health.
Dozens of witnesses provided testimony over two days of hearings. Barry Sheets, legislative consultant for Cleveland Right to Life noted, “Opponents mischaracterized the bill as taking away health care options from low-income Ohioans, whereas the reality is that there are 10 times the number of federally – qualified community health centers than Planned Parenthood outlets in Ohio.”
Pro-life leaders applaud the hard work of the bill’s sponsors, Representatives Margaret Conditt of Butler County and Bill Patmon of Cleveland. Outside this bill, loopholes do still remain for abortionists to receive Medicaid reimbursements.
“Bill and Margy’s efforts go a long way toward keeping taxpayer dollars from abortion providers,” stated Molly Smith, President of Cleveland Right to Life. “We now look toward Governor Kasich to complete this work by issuing an executive order disqualifying these entities from receiving Medicaid reimbursements for abortions.”
“House Bill 294 re-directs over $1 million per year of taxpayer funds away from the abortion industry,” commented Paula Westwood, Executive Director of Right to Life of Greater Cincinnati. “Now the goal is for our legislative leaders to quickly address the far larger funding amount in Medicaid reimbursements to abortionists, which is a misuse of citizens’ money.”
The legislation must now return to the Ohio House for review and concurrence (agreement with version just passed) on February 10th. If this occurs, the bill will go to Governor John Kasich for signature, and once signed, take effect 90 days after.
“We will continue to call on Governor Kasich to take quick action to guarantee that those who provide abortions would not be rewarded with taxpayer dollars, no matter what pot those dollars come from” stated Linda Theis, President of Ohio ProLife Action. “We will be watching to see if the Governor is listening to a very large segment of Ohio voters.”
[27 Jan 2016, Columbus, OH, Cleveland Right to Life email]
Ohio Senate De-Funds Planned Parenthood After It Sells Aborted Baby Parts, Cuts $1 Million
After the Planned Parenthood abortion company was caught in multiple states selling aborted babies and their body parts, several states have taken steps to de-fund it.
Ohio is the next up to the plate with new legislation to de-fund Planned Parenthood, which runs approximately one-third of the abortion centers in the Buckeye State.
Ohio Attorney General Investigating Planned Parenthood
In the wake of video evidence that PP sells aborted baby body parts, Ohio AG Mike DeWine has launched a civil investigation of PP affiliates in Ohio.
According to Ohio Revised Code 2919.14, it is a crime in Ohio to “sell the product of conception that is aborted.” Whether state PP affiliates are engaging in such crimes remains to be seen.
[September 2015, Right to Life of Greater Cincinnati News Brief]