Ohio Republicans Renew Attacks On Planned Parenthood


Ohio Republicans revived attacks on Planned Parenthood on Wednesday, once again threatening to redirect federal money away from the women’s health care provider to send to other community health clinics instead.

The proposed legislation would create a priority list for awarding federal family planning funds and place Planned Parenthood at the bottom. The result would be an elimination of $1.7 million for birth control and preventative health care screenings for breast and cervical cancer.

But because some Planned Parenthood clinics also provide abortions, supporters of the bill believe the clinic should lose out on all family planning dollars. Beth Lonn, interim chief executive officer for Planned Parenthood of Central Ohio, said the organizationís 32 clinics statewide provide several vital screenings, mainly for poverty-level patients, and abortions are only a small part of the services the agency provides. She said if the federal funding is lost, services wonít be eliminated but patients will have to pay more of the costs.

Proponents of the bill had hoped to move the bill through the House by the end of May. But Rep. Lynn Wachtmann (R) chairman of the Health and Aging panel, said the timeline was not likely to be met because of plans to hold one more hearing.


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P B.
P B5 years ago

I'm genuinely beginning to wonder whether the whole thing is really a smokescreen to basically funnel Federal dollars away from secular non-profits such as Planned Parenthood to religious-affiliated "crisis pregnancy" and "reproductive" centers -- organizations who have long wanted to get their paws on Fed money.

It's very very hard to believe that these people care one iota about the "sanctity of life" that emanates from poor women. If this were the case, why aren't they putting more programs in place to help poor families raise their children? And no, Mitt's "workhouse" concept for poor working mothers isn't exactly what anyone with a soul would even entertain as a solution...

Jade H.
Jade H5 years ago

Great article once again, Jessica!

Charles W.
Charles Wise5 years ago


Carl Oerke
Carl O5 years ago

Ding. Ding. The Republicans start a new round in their "never ending non-existant War on Women." Don't their arms ever get tired of trying to take away others rights? How could anyone with a good conscience especially women vote for the plastic store manikin that is Willard Romney and the rest of the angry GOP party members. Michael J. Fox starred in a movie called "Back to the Future" but the Republicans are trying to lead us "Forward into the Past." And trying to deny voter rotes, women's rights and union rights just will not work unless the American public falls for the disinformation and misinformation campaign that the Crazy Billionaire Republican Super PACS are funding or are blinded by their bigotry and intolerance of the President. Rights once lost are very hard to get back even if they were hard fought. Case in point the unconstitutional indefinite detention of individuals without charge, access to legal representation and a trial by jury. If we do not stand up for our rights and defend the rights of others they will be lost. No doubt about it.

Pamela H.
Pamela H5 years ago

Gee I wonder if these repugs will direct their money into gay sperm donation.

Amanda M.
Amanda M5 years ago

I stand with Planned Parenthood!

The GOPTP can take their stance on women and shove it!


Florence Eaise
Florence Eaise5 years ago

Thanks for the article. Great job!!

Charli S.
Charlotte S5 years ago

Why don't the majority of Americans who support Planned Parenthood have a say in this issue. After all it's OUR money.

Lisa K.
Lisa K5 years ago

What "other" clinics? Non-medical pro-birth ones? What, will they tell you to pray you don't get cancer?

Ken W.
Ken W5 years ago

Gee Oh Pee can go to He$$ !