OGA Advances De-funding Planned Parenthood in Light of Unethical Practices
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: Katherine Franklin
DATE: Tuesday, November 17, 2015 PHONE: 614-547-0099 ext. 304
COLUMBUS, Ohio--Today, Ohio Right to Life's legislation to de-fund Planned Parenthood (H.B. 294) was approved by the Ohio House of Representatives, 62-30. Sponsored by Representatives Margaret Conditt (R-Liberty Township) and Bill Patmon (D-Cleveland), this legislation cuts over $1 million in yearly federal grants to Planned Parenthood, the country's largest abortion provider. This morning, the legislation was approved by the House Committee on Community and Family Advancement, chaired by Representative Tim Derickson (R-Hanover Twp.). This legislation, which is at the top of Ohio Right to Life's 2015-2016 legislative agenda, received renewed interest following the release of undercover videos showing Planned Parenthood officials negotiating dollar amounts for aborted babies' body parts.
"This summer, Planned Parenthood painted a stunningly gruesome portrait of their abortion business," said Stephanie Ranade Krider, executive director of Ohio Right to Life. "It's no accident that when Ohioans learn about Planned Parenthood's ongoing scandal, two-thirds support de-funding Planned Parenthood. As the abortion giant's PR team scrambles to pull the pink curtain back around their dirty business, the pro-life movement is experiencing a reawakening and pro-choicers are questioning their allegiance to Planned Parenthood."
In October, the Ohio Senate also approved legislation to de-fund Planned Parenthood (S.B. 214) which was sponsored by Senate President Keith Faber (R-Celina). Along with the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, Ohio Right to Life has made de-funding Planned Parenthood a legislative priority. Yesterday, the pro-life organization announced the revocation of the endorsement of a State Senator Cecil Thomas (D-Cincinnati) based on his votes against S.B. 214 and S.B. 127.
"Whether by recalling 'it was a twin' while reaching into the freezer or by any other heinous remarks they made during the hours long footage, Planned Parenthood has shown us what's at stake," said Krider. "Bipartisan pro-life leadership is key to ending these crimes against humanity. Ohio Right to Life thanks Speaker of the House Cliff Rosenberger for leading the House of Representatives in passing H.B. 294. Thanks to the impassioned leadership of Representative Conditt, Representative Patmon, and Chairman Derickson, Ohio is one step closer to protecting precious lives and keeping our tax dollars from those who would do them harm."