Ohio – The state’s Governor John Kasich announced he planned to cut nearly $1.4 million from Planned Parenthood beginning on Sunday. Instead, the money normally used for HIV testing, sex education for foster children and other programs will be reallocated to health clinics that don’t perform abortions.
Shortly after videos alleging that Planned Parenthood officials illegally sold fetal tissue emerged to the public eye, Republican Margaret Conditt, R-Liberty Township, and Republican Bill Patmon, D-Cleveland introduced the bill that will close different Planned Parenthood programs. The money will use instead by clinics selected by the Ohio Department of Health.
Republican lawmakers and anti-abortion activists reach to a decision by saying any money given to Planned Parenthood could support the procedures. Even though, the state-federal law prohibits the use of taxpayer money for abortions.
Meanwhile, Planned Parenthood’s president, Cecile Richards, told Hillary Clinton supporters in Nevada that thanks to Obamacare, 55 million women in the country are getting free birth control.
“The thing that’s important to me, because it’s really part of why this election is so important, as a result of the long, hard fight for the Affordable Care Act, 55 million women in America are getting birth control–and no co-pay,” Richards said
Texas official loses his job after criticizing Planned Parenthood cuts
Rick Allgeyer, the Texas Health and Human Services Commission’s director of research will retire from his job next month after he co-authored a report that criticized the state’s funding cuts to Planned Parenthood. Allgeyer is supposed to step down from his job on March 31.
Allgeyer published a report in the prestigious New England Journal of Medicine this month saying state funding cuts to Planned Parenthood and its affiliates had negative consequences on family planning for lower-income women as they won’t be able to access contraception, leading to an increase in births.
Source: Washington Post