Do Women Really Need Planned Parenthood?

State   |   Laura Beth Kirsop   |   Apr 11, 2014   |   11:49AM   |   Columbus, OH

Today, Ohio Right to Life launched a communications campaign to highlight Ohio’s more than 600 free and low-cost health care providers. This campaign follows last summer’s passage of Ohio Right to Life legislation which stripped family planning funding from abortion provider, Planned Parenthood.

“The pro-choice myth tells us that without Planned Parenthood, women will have nowhere to go for health care,” said Katherine McCann, Public Relations Manager at Ohio Right to Life. “The abortion industry will promote this lie in order to give the impression that it somehow has a monopoly on women’s health care. The truth is, women have hundreds of places they can visit for free and low-cost care.”

plannedparenthood100In 2011, Community Health Centers at Ohio’s 200 locations served half a million people, which is five times the number of women Planned Parenthood claimed to serve. Other providers that Ohio Right to Life highlights include Community Action Agencies, free clinics, local health departments and statewide hospitals. Along with launching a video on its YouTube channel, the pro-life organization delivered post-cards advertising these alternatives to Ohio’s state representatives and senators.

The campaign’s launch coincides with the recent introduction of concurrent resolutions honoring Ohio’s 125 pregnancy help centers in both the Ohio House of Representatives and the Ohio Senate. “Along with pregnancy help centers, these free and low-cost alternatives actually offer women more than 700 health care and pregnancy support resources,” said Kayla Smith, Director of Legislative Affairs. “A humane society would champion these resources before turning over another taxpayer dollar to the abortion industry giant.”

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To download the Planned Parenthood Alternatives postcard, click here.

To view the video “Do women need Planned Parenthood?”, click here.