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Pro-life Ohio Gov. Kasich signs law prohibiting state from contracting with organizations that perform or promote abortion

by | Feb 22, 2016

By Dave Andrusko

Ohio Gov. John Kasich

Ohio Gov. John Kasich

On Sunday, pro-life Ohio Gov. John Kasich signed Ohio Right to Life’s legislation which prohibits the state from contracting for health services with any organization that performs or promotes abortions, which includes $1 million in government funds to Planned Parenthood.

His signature of H.B. 294 follows House approval last Wednesday by a vote of 59-32 and Senate support last January on a similarly lopsided vote of 22-8.

“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.”

Planned Parenthood President Cecile Richards, of course, denounced the measure in a statement, saying it “will have devastating consequences for women across Ohio.”

Joe Andrews, a spokesman for Kasich’s office, issued a statement explaining how the new law is consistent with Kasich’s emphasis on funding for expecting mothers and newborn babies.

“The Ohio Department of Health has at least 150 other sub-grantees and contractors for the affected grants and projects addressing such issues as new born babies, infant mortality, expectant mothers, violence against women, and minority HIV/AIDS,” the statement said. “ODH will reallocate funding from ineligible providers under the new law to other currently eligible providers, ranging from local health departments and community organizations to hospitals and universities. These organizations will be required to submit proposals in order to receive funding.”

Categories: Legislation