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Ohio House Sends Legislation to De-fund Planned Parenthood to Governor Kasich

by | Feb 11, 2016

Ohio Legislature Gives Final Approval to Bill Stripping $1.3 Million from Abortion Business

Ohio State Representative Margaret Conditt

Ohio State Representative Margaret Conditt

COLUMBUS, Ohio— On Wednesday, 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, which is at the top of Ohio Right to Life’s 2015-2016 legislative agenda, 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.

Ohio State Representative Bill Patmon

Ohio State Representative Bill Patmon

“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.”

At the end of January, the Ohio Senate passed the legislation, 22-8. House Bill 294 now heads to the desk of Governor John Kasich, who has signed 16 Ohio Right to Life initiatives over the last five years. …

“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.”

Editor’s note. This is excerpted from an updated distributed by Ohio Right to Life, NRLC’s state affiliate.

Categories: Legislation