Planned Parenthood

Stephanie Kight, president and CEO of Planned Parenthood Advocates of Ohio
Statehouse News

An Ohio bill that seeks to divert government money away from Planned Parenthood is headed to Republican Gov. John Kasich for his expected signature.

The GOP-led state House cleared the legislation Wednesday.

Stephanie Kight, president and CEO of Planned Parenthood Advocates of Ohio, says the federal money for preventative health care programs for low-income populations was awarded to Planned Parenthood after a competitive grant request process.

Joshua Lim – Scripps intern

Abortion is once again a front burner issue at the Ohio Statehouse right now, and lawmakers are taking action to defund Planned Parenthood and increase requirements for abortion providers. The Ohio Senate voted for a plan that would strip more than $1.2 million from the state’s Planned Parenthood clinics. Republican Senator Peggy Lehner says the reason for doing this is because of the organization’s choice.

“Planned Parenthood has chosen, you like the word choice, they have chosen to be the leading abortion provider in this state.”

Fetal Remains Bill Gets First Committee Hearing

Jan 20, 2016
Andy Chow (Statehouse News Bureau)

The proposed law requiring abortion clinics to either bury or cremate fetal remains got its first hearing in a House committee. 

The bill is in response to an investigation by Attorney General Mike DeWine, which found that Ohio’s Planned Parenthood clinics were not selling fetal parts but some remains did end up in landfills.

Republican Representative Kyle Koehler of Springfield says that discovery moved him to sponsor legislation to require the burial or cremation of an aborted fetus.

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Planned Parenthood is suing Ohio's health director in a dispute over how the organization handles fetal tissue.

The federal lawsuit filed Sunday follows Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine's investigation into the group's affiliates.

DeWine's office found no evidence that Planned Parenthood made money from aborted fetuses, but the report instead criticized the facilities for disposing of fetal remains in landfills.

Karen Kasler / Statehouse News Bureau

State lawmakers went home for the holidays after approving bills creating regulations for ride sharing services, banning questions about criminal convictions on public sector job applications, and restoring a sales tax exemption for rare coins and bullion. But not included in the list is the controversial bill to defund Planned Parenthood.

The Women's Med Center in Dayton's south suburbs is routinely picketed by abortion opponents.
Samuel Worley / WYSO

Ohio's top law enforcer says state investigators are getting close to finishing their review into whether Planned Parenthood violated its nonprofit status and made money from aborted fetuses.

Republican Attorney General Mike DeWine told reporters Tuesday that he hoped to have results within the next week or so.

Abortion rights groups say DeWine is using the probe to discredit Planned Parenthood.

A bill that seeks to divert more than $1 million in government funding away from Planned Parenthood has cleared the Ohio House.

Backers say the proposal targets grants Planned Parenthood receives through Ohio's health department. The public dollars - mostly federal money - support initiatives including HIV testing, breast and cervical cancer screenings and prevention of violence against women.

Bill To Defund Planned Parenthood Moves Through Statehouse

Oct 22, 2015
Lawmakers scrapped Gov. Kasich's proposal that would have given schools less money.
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A plan was rushed through the Senate on Wednesday to take money away from abortion providers.

It’s been called the bill that defunds Planned Parenthood. And the group’s president and CEO, Stephanie Kight, says it will cost Planned Parenthood about $1.4 million. That’s money that goes on to fund things like health education, infant mortality reduction programs and prevention initiatives such as HIV testing.

An Ohio bill that aims to divert more than $1 million in government money away from Planned Parenthood has passed the state Senate after Democrats and other opponents claimed it threatens access to health care services.
 
The proposal targets grants that the organization receives through the Ohio Department of Health. The taxpayer dollars support initiatives for HIV testing, breast and cervical cancer screenings, prevention of violence against women and others.
 

The Women's Med Center in Dayton's south suburbs is routinely picketed by abortion opponents.
Samuel Worley / WYSO

A federal judge has ruled the last two abortion clinics in southwest Ohio can remain open while fighting to keep their state operating licenses.

Court documents show a federal judge in Cincinnati issued the preliminary injunction Tuesday. The clinics sought the ruling in their lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of abortion restrictions approved in the two most recent state budgets.

A NARAL Pro-Choice Ohio statement says those restrictions are medically unnecessary.

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