Ohio Senate De-Funds Planned Parenthood After It Sells Aborted Baby Parts

State   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Oct 21, 2015   |   10:17PM   |   Columbus, OH

After the Planned Parenthood abortion company was caught in multiple states selling aborted babies and their body parts, several states have taken steps to de-fund it. Ohio is the next up to the plate with new legislation to de-fund Planned Parenthood, which runs approximately one-third of the abortion centers in the Buckeye State.

The Ohio state Senate today approved the bill.

Ohio Senate President Keith Faber introduced legislation to de-fund Planned Parenthood in the state of Ohio. Carrying 14 co-sponsors, Senate Bill 214 follows the introduction of House Bill 294, introduced by Representatives Bill Patmon and Margaret Conditt in August. Both come in the wake of the summer’s undercover video scandal that shows Planned Parenthood officials allegedly selling aborted baby body parts.

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The state Senate approved the legislation to de-fund Planned Parenthood on a

“The grotesque revelations of this summer’s video scandal have brought renewed energy to our pro-life state to end business with the abortion industry once and for all,” said Stephanie Ranade Krider, executive director of Ohio Right to Life. “From the outset, Senate President Keith Faber has been an outspoken opponent of Planned Parenthood’s scandalous, unethical and unlawful behavior. Ohio Right to Life thanks Senate President Faber for swiftly ushering our legislation through the Ohio Senate. We thank every co-sponsor and every supporting member for advancing and approving this historic, life-affirming legislation.”

Before the Senate floor vote, the Senate Government Oversight and Reform Committee passed the legislation following witness testimony from pro-life organizations and abortion advocates.

Casey Mattox, senior counsel for Alliance Defending Freedom, testified that SB 214 is both constitutional and consistent with applicable federal law. Julie Moore, director of operations for Pregnancy Decision Health Centers in Columbus, testified as a representative of Ohio‘s vast network of pregnancy help centers that assist women facing unplanned pregnancies. Dr. Kathleen Lutter testified as an OB-GYN physician who has practiced medicine for 31 years.

“There is no reason that the State of Ohio should be in business with the so-called ‘Walmart’ of abortion,” said Krider. “When an organization like Planned Parenthood ranks as one of the world’s 50 most lucrative non-profits, the State should seriously reconsider how it is allocating taxpayer dollars. We are grateful for the prudence and compassion of our elected officials in continually leading our state towards a more life-affirming culture.”

In Congress, House of Representatives will vote on Friday on a bill that will use the reconciliation process to approve legislation to de-fund the Planned Parenthood abortion business, which has been caught selling aborted babies and their body parts.

After the House approved a previous de-funding measure, Senate Democrats defeated a bill to fund the federal government that included language de-funding Planned Parenthood for one year while the Congressional investigation continues into how it allegedly violated multiple laws to sell aborted babies and their body parts.