Ohio Senate approved legislation to de-fund Planned Parenthood
The Ohio Senate approved legislation to de-fund Planned Parenthood, 23-10. The legislation was originally listed as part of Ohio Right to Life's 2015-2016 legislative agenda which was announced in February. The bill has received renewed momentum from this summer's undercover video scandal that shows Planned Parenthood officials allegedly selling aborted baby body parts. Senate Bill 214 is sponsored by Senate President Keith Faber (R-Celina).
"The grotesque revelations of this summer's video scandal have brought renewed energy to our pro-life state to end business with the abortion industry once and for all," said Stephanie Ranade Krider, executive director of Ohio Right to Life. "From the outset, Senate President Keith Faber has been an outspoken opponent of Planned Parenthood's scandalous, unethical and unlawful behavior. Ohio Right to Life thanks Senate President Faber for swiftly ushering our legislation through the Ohio Senate. We thank every co-sponsor and every supporting member for advancing and approving this historic, life-affirming legislation."
"There is no reason that the State of Ohio should be in business with the so-called 'Walmart' of abortion," said Krider. "When an organization like Planned Parenthood ranks as one of the world's 50 most lucrative non-profits, the State should seriously reconsider how it is allocating taxpayer dollars. We are grateful for the prudence and compassion of our elected officials in continually leading our state towards a more life-affirming culture."
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