A strong majority of Ohio residents want Planned Parenthood to be de-funded and the money redirected to community health centers, according to a new poll.
“Taxpayers in Ohio should not be forced to fund a billion-dollar corporation that was caught on camera negotiating the sale of baby body parts,” said Alliance Defending Freedom Senior Counsel Kevin Theriot. “Recently released undercover videos and reports on fraud and the cover up of sexual abuse in Ohio exposed the horrific truth about Planned Parenthood that every American should know.”
Pollsters found 64 percent of Ohioans believe that Congress should end taxpayer funding to Planned Parenthood, which received more than $528 million in taxpayer funding in 2014.
Even more Ohioans (68 percent) say taxpayers should not subsidize a group liked Planned Parenthood, and the government should redirect funding to the thousands of health clinics across the country that provide comprehensive health care to women and their families.
Stephanie Ranade Krider, executive director of Ohio Right to Life, said Ohioans are seeing through Planned Parenthood’s desperate attempt to cover its tracks.
“It’s no surprise that as more and more Ohioans become aware of Planned Parenthood’s grisly, callous discussions of babies’ hearts, livers and brains, Ohioans would become increasingly repulsed by their business model,” Krider said. “No amount of pink T-shirts or tired doublespeak will convince Ohioans that aborting and harvesting babies’ brains is morally acceptable.”
She added: “For the last three months, Planned Parenthood has desperately tried to cover their tracks, playing public relations defense like we’ve never seen. No amount of pink t-shirts or tired doublespeak will convince Ohioans that aborting and harvesting babies’ brains is morally acceptable.”
“When the so-called ‘Walmart’ of abortion is bringing in $127 million in excess revenue, it’s time our government ends its business relationship with this entity,” said Krider. “Ohio is home to hundreds of clinics and organizations that are providing free to low-cost care to hundreds of thousands of Ohioans–without doing abortions. We’re proud to see that Ohioans definitively oppose the abortion corporatism Planned Parenthood has become accustomed to.”
Earlier in October, the Ohio Senate approved a bill to de-fund Planned Parenthood in the state. Ohio Senate President Keith Faber introduced the legislation. Carrying 14 co-sponsors, Senate Bill 214 follows the introduction of House Bill 294, introduced by Reps. Bill Patmon and Margaret Conditt in August.
Ohio Right to Life encourages its members to send a letter of support to Senate President Faber as well as their own senators using the Legislative Action Center at ohiolife.org.
The states of Louisiana, Arkansas and Utah also cut Planned Parenthood funding in the wake of the aborted baby body parts sales scandal, but judges in each of those states are currently blocking the de-funding as well.
On the federal level, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell will have the U.S. Senate vote next month on a bill that would de-fund Planned Parenthood, as it is being investigated for selling aborted baby body parts. Senate Democrats have filibustered two previous bills to de-fund the abortion company, but this third bill is not subject to a filibuster. The bill passed the U.S. House on Oct. 23.
The poll was commissioned by Alliance Defending Freedom.