Ohio House Sends Legislation to De-fund Planned Parenthood to Governor Kasich Ohio Legislature Gives Final Approval to Bill Stripping $1.3 Million from Abortion Business
Ohio Right to Life's legislation to de-fund Planned Parenthood (H.B. 294) was approved by the Ohio House, 59-32. Sponsored by Representatives Margaret Conditt (R-Liberty Township) and Bill Patmon (D-Cleveland), this legislation cuts over $1 million in yearly federal grants to Planned Parenthood, the country's largest abortion provider. This legislation received renewed interest following the release of undercover videos showing Planned Parenthood officials negotiating dollar amounts for aborted babies' body parts. In December Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine revealed that in Ohio, Planned Parenthood locations are contracting with companies that dump fetal remains in landfills.
"This legislation has been at the top of Ohio Right to Life's legislative agenda for years," said Stephanie Ranade Krider, Executive Director of Ohio Right to Life. "Thanks to the thoughtful, careful work of the Ohio House and Senate, the taxpayer dollars of pro-life Ohioans like myself will now be shielded from the abortion industry. This is an incredible victory for the pro-life cause in Ohio and for the national pro-life movement's collective efforts to de-fund the abortion industry chief, Planned Parenthood."
"Ohio's pro-life leaders have shown the public how to respond to the heinous actions of the abortion industry," said Krider. "With bipartisanship, with compassion, and with moral courage, the House and Senate have delivered to Governor Kasich a piece of legislation that will go down as historical. This legislation will mark the extraordinary moment when Ohio decided to get out of the abortion business."
Greater Toledo Right to Life thanks the pro-life community across Ohio for their steadfast support for H.B. 294:
This past week proponent testimony on the Unborn Child Dignity Act (HB 417/HB 419) before the Ohio House Health and Aging Committee.(Barry Sheets’ testimony)
The Unborn Child Dignity Act requires that aborted children's remains be either given earthly burial or cremation, and increases informed consent by requiring full disclosure to women pursuing abortions of their options for the aborted baby's treatment.
In December, Attorney General Mike DeWine announced the findings of his investigation into Planned Parenthood's abortion practice in Ohio. The investigation, which began in July, revealed Planned Parenthood to be sending aborted fetal remains to landfills. Previously, other Planned Parenthood locations were exposed for trading aborted fetal remains.
"In gruesome detail, Planned Parenthood has already acknowledged the biological reality of the pre-born child,” said Krider, referring to the summer's Planned Parenthood undercover video scandal. “The question at hand is not whether these children are human, but how we should treat them in light of their humanity. Whatever our answer, it must be better than landfills, and ultimately, it must be better than abortion.
Greater Toledo Right to Life 5726 Southwyck Blvd., Ste. 120 Toledo, Ohio 43614 phone: (419)535-5800