Ohio Legislator Readies Bill to Zap Planned Parenthood Funding

State   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Jul 1, 2011   |   11:20AM   |   Columbus, OH

An Ohio state senator wants the Buckeye State to become the next to zap taxpayer funding of the nation’s biggest abortion business, which has been exposed as covering up statutory rape and helping sex traffickers.

Several states have already either cut off funding for the abortion business entirely or begun cutting the portion of funds it receives under a state budget via family planning programs. Now, state Sen. Kris Jordan, according to a Columbus Government Examiner report, Jordan has distributed a memo to fellow lawmakers putting legislation together.

The June 28 memo has Jordan saying Planned Parenthood is the “nation’s largest abortion provider, performing, and profiting from, one out of every four abortions in the United States.” He also points out that most pregnant women going to Planned Parenthood don’t get pregnancy or adoption support, saying, “abortion was a ‘service’ that Planned Parenthood provided to 97.6% of their patients who reported themselves pregnant.”

Jordan adds that “in the US, it performed 332,278 abortions in 2009 alone. That is 910 abortions every day.” The CGE indicates he also explained that, as government funding from state, federal and local funds increased for Planned Parenthood, the number of abortions it did increased as well. Jordan also said the number of Planned Parenthood’s clients receiving prenatal care has dropped 63% from 18,878 in 1999 to 7,021 today.

“Abortions kill innocent babies and abortion providers should not be subsidized by any government program. This bill has the full support of both Ohio Right to Life and Faith2Action,” he said.

Jordan’s bill would come on the heels of the Ohio legislature passing a state budget which includes multiple pro-life amendments ensuring the state is not involved in abortion funding with taxpayer money. The state budget, House Bill 153, now advances to pro-life Governor John Kasich. Among other things, the state budget contains Ohio Right to Life amendments that will protect taxpayer dollars from paying for abortion. The first amendment bans abortions from being performed in public hospitals. The second amendment prohibits abortion coverage in insurance plans of local public employees.

“These two pro-life amendments will ensure that Ohio taxpayer dollars are not funding abortion,” said Mike Gonidakis, executive director of Ohio Right to Life. “It is crystal clear that a vast majority of Ohioans oppose all forms of taxpayer funding of abortion.”

Additional pro-life amendments were also included.  One measure requires the Ohio Department of Health to apply for federal abstinence education grants to reduce the number of unplanned pregnancies. The final pro-life amendment preserves the right of student groups to use and benefit from school funds and facilities, therefore protecting the rights of pro-life groups on college campuses.

The legislation would also follow the successful passage of three pro-life bills — including a measure that would ban most all abortions, one that bans late-term abortions and a third that stops taxpayer funding of abortions in Ohio under Obamacare.

The trend of de-funding Planned Parenthood started last year when New Jersey Governor Chris Christie signed a budget which eliminated about 7.5 million dollars worth of family planning funding, part of which went to the abortion business. He recently vetoed the funding again.

Indiana approved a law de-funding Planned Parenthood and North Carolina and Kansas followed with similar efforts. Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker has since signed a budget cutting Planned Parenthood funding and Texas Gov. Rick Perry is about to follow suit.

New Hampshire stopped a $1.8 million contract with Planned Parenthood but errors in a state health department are forcing a new vote soon.

ACTION: Contact members of the Ohio legislature at https://www.legislature.state.oh.us/ to support Jordan’s bill to stop taxpayer funding of the Planned Parenthood abortion business.