Legislation Responds to Ongoing Planned Parenthood Video Scandal
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: Katherine Franklin
DATE: Wednesday, September 23, 2015 PHONE: 614-547-0099 ext. 304
COLUMBUS, Ohio--Today, 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.
"The Senate President's willingness to carry this important legislation himself signals how seriously our state legislature takes this issue," said Stephanie Ranade Krider, executive director of Ohio Right to Life. "Planned Parenthood's ongoing scandal continues to alienate the abortion provider from the American public. As reasonable Americans, pro-life and pro-choice alike, question the integrity of the abortion industry leader, it's more important than ever before that our leaders show us a way forward towards a society that safeguards every human person's right to life."
A debate at the federal level persists as pro-life members in Congress urge the de-funding of Planned Parenthood in the upcoming Continuing Resolution, and as President Barack Obama threatens a government shutdown. Planned Parenthood received $528 million in taxpayer subsidies in 2013, while performing 327,653 the same year. In Ohio, Planned Parenthood makes up a third of our state's abortion facilities.
"As Ohio Right to Life continues to urge our pro-life Congressional leaders to hold Planned Parenthood accountable for their heinous crimes against humanity, we are encouraged to see Senator Faber leading the charge here at home," said Krider. "As the ground shifts in the abortion debate, it is critical that we take a stand, articulating our position with the utmost compassion. Abortion advocates are losing for a reason: Profiteering on baby hearts, livers, and lungs simply cannot be tolerated--let alone stomached--by the American people."
Ohio Right to Life encourages its members to send a letter of support to Senate President Keith Faber using their Legislative Action Center at ohiolife.org.
Founded in 1967, Ohio Right to Life, with more than 45 chapters and local affiliates, is Ohio's oldest and largest grassroots pro-life organization. Recognized as the flagship of the pro-life movement in Ohio, ORTL works through legislation and education to promote and defend innocent human life from conception to natural death.