Ohio Senate Passes Budget Taking Tax Money Away From Planned Parenthood

State   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Jun 6, 2013   |   5:00PM   |   Columbus, OH

The Ohio state Senate today approved a budget supported by pro-life groups that takes taxpayer funding away from the Planned Parenthood abortion business.

Ohio Right to Life tells LifeNews that the Ohio state Senate voted in favor of one of the strongest pro-life budgets in Ohio history. Led by pro-life Senators Tom Patton, Peggy Lehner, Shannon Jones, Joe Uecker and Randy Gardner, the Senate approved a budget containing four Ohio Right to Life-backed initiatives.

One would take funding from the abortion giant Planned Parenthood, another directs funds to centers that provide women with abortion alternatives, a third prohibits public hospitals from entering into transfer agreements with abortion business, and the fourth strengths regulations of abortion clinics like the ones that Pennsylvania ignored allowing late-term abortion practitioner Kermit Gosnell to commit infanticide.

“Elections have consequences, and this budget will save lives–both mother and her child,” said President of Ohio Right to Life Mike Gonidakis.

“The Senate is proving its commitment to Ohio women and children by boldly ensuring that health and safety is a top priority and that poor women are moved to the front of the line to receive family planning health care,” said Gonidakis.

Gonidakis said the Reprioritization of Family Planning Funds will ensure that the first to receive these funds are the 180 Community Health Center clinics throughout the state and that abortion provider Planned Parenthood is last to receive them. He said the Ohio Parenting and Pregnancy Support Act funds crisis pregnancy centers, reimbursing the centers on a fee-for-service basis for non-medical services.



The pro-life leader added that the Strengthening of Abortion Clinic Regulations will ensure that abortion clinics are being held accountable for standards of cleanliness and he said the Ban on Public Hospitals from Entering Into Transfer Agreements With Abortion Clinics protects the conscience rights of pro-life taxpayers, ensuring that their dollars are not supporting the existence of abortion clinics through the consent of their public hospitals.

“Planned Parenthood is hiding the facts from Ohio’s women regarding the dangers posed to them at abortion clinics,” said Gonidakis. “Just in the last 60 days, multiple abortion clinics have been cited for numerous health and safety violations by the Ohio Health Department. If abortion is really about women’s health, why are pro-choice groups lying to women and opposing initiatives that ensure clinics are operating safely and legally?”

The final budget will make its way to pro-life Governor John Kasich’s desk for signing by June 30.