Ohio Pro-Life Group Calls on Governor John Kasich to De-Fund Planned Parenthood

State   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Aug 7, 2015   |   10:31AM   |   Washington, DC

Now that three states have taken the initiative to cut Planned Parenthood funding the wake of the abortion business having bee caught five times selling the body parts of aborted babies, an Ohio pro-life group is hoping its pro-life governor will cut off taxpayer funding as well.

Today, Ohio Right to Life called on pro-life Governor John Kasich to terminate the State of Ohio’s Medicaid Agreements with Planned Parenthood. The pro-life organization’s letter follows the release of a fifth video revealing Planned Parenthood executives participating in the alleged sale of aborted babies’ body parts.

Just days after the release of the first video, Governor Kasich’s office released a statement condemning Planned Parenthood’s practices as “abhorrent.” Attorney General Mike DeWine launched an investigation of Planned Parenthood to determine whether or not Planned Parenthood affiliates in Ohio are also participating in the illegal sale of babies’ body parts.

Now, Ohio Right to Life is calling for another step.

“This week’s appalling video showed Planned Parenthood executives discussing ‘intact fetal cadavers’ as ‘line items’ in their organization’s budget,” said Mike Gonidakis, president of Ohio Right to Life. “If ‘intact fetal cadavers’ are in Planned Parenthood’s budget, Planned Parenthood doesn’t belong in ours.”

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According to Ohio Right to Life, in fiscal year 2013-2014, Planned Parenthood received $528 million in taxpayer subsidies. According to the organization’s annual report, 94 percent of their pregnancy-related services were abortions, an increase from the previous year. The same year, adoption referrals and prenatal services dropped.

Representatives Bill Patmon (D-Cleveland) and Margaret Conditt (R-Liberty Township) have introduced legislation to de-fund Planned Parenthood in Ohio and Ohio Right to Life is hoping the state legislature will take action.

“Planned Parenthood has outed themselves,” said Gonidakis. “In their own words and deeds, Planned Parenthood has shown the American public who they really are: a corporation that repeatedly puts profit over people. There’s absolutely no reason that an industry committing these kinds of atrocities should have 41 percent of its revenue coming from taxpayers who are fundamentally opposed to and repulsed by their business.”

To read Ohio Right to Life’s letter to Governor Kasich, click here.

Yesterday, Alabama became the third state to de-fund the Planned Parenthood abortion business in the wake of five videos exposing how the abortion giant sells the body parts of aborted babies for research. The state follows Louisiana, which is revoking a contract with Planned Parenthood using state Medicaid dollars, and New Hampshire, which zapped $650,000 in state taxpayer funding.

The moves follow Senate Democrats defeating a bill to de-fund Planned Parenthood.

As LifeNews reported, the first video of undercover footage shows Planned Parenthood Federation of America’s Senior Director of Medical Services, Dr. Deborah Nucatola, describing how Planned Parenthood sells the body parts of aborted unborn children and admitting she uses partial-birth abortions to supply intact body parts.

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In the second video, Planned Parenthood doctor Maru Gatter discusses the pricing of aborted baby body parts — telling the biotech company officials that the prices for such things as a baby’s liver, head or heart are negotiable. She also tells the officials that she could talk with the Planned Parenthood abortion practitioners to potentially alter the abortion procedure to kill the baby in a way that would best preserve those body parts after the unborn child is killed in the abortion.

So far, 12 states have responded to the Planned Parenthood videos and launched investigations into their abortion and organ harvesting business including South Carolina, Florida, Tennessee, Massachusetts, KansasMissouri, Arizona, Indiana, Ohio, Georgia, Texas and Louisiana.

And three states have revoked taxpayer funding for Planned Parenthood’s abortion business, including Alabama, New Hampshire and Louisiana.