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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.
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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.

Lawmakers scrapped Gov. Kasich's proposal that would have given schools less money.
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Anti-abortion activists are pushing for two state proposals that would defund Planned Parenthood.

The House version of the proposal to take state funds from Planned Parenthood had its first hearing last week, where joint sponsor Bill Patmon of Cleveland said it ensures that state money won’t be used to perform elective abortions or that the state will contract with entities that do. 

“Planned Parenthood is not mentioned anywhere in this," he said. "If the shoe fits, however, please wear it.”

Another government shutdown is looking increasingly possible as the deadline to pass a federal budget looms. Many Ohio lawmakers say they don’t want a shutdown—but don’t agree on the fine print, either.

Dayton Right to Life will take part in a National Day of Protest Against Planned Parenthood on Saturday. The effort is being lead by a coalition of national pro-life groups. The local organization will hold a rally outside the Planned Parenthood health center on N. Wilkinson St. downtown.

Ohio Democrats are rolling out their full statewide ticket at an endorsement event hosted by abortion and women's health care provider Planned Parenthood.

Wednesday's event in Columbus signals the party's intention to make women's health issues a campaign theme as they seek to unseat Gov. John Kasich and the state's other Republican elected officials this fall.

Planned Parenthood is scheduled to begin airing a TV ad that criticizes Ohio Gov. John Kasich for signing a state budget last month that they say restricts the work of rape counselors.

The Columbus Dispatch reports the ad will be broadcast in central Ohio starting Wednesday.

Misha Barnes is the managing director of public affairs for Planned Parenthood of Greater Ohio. She told the newspaper the restrictions are "egregious" because they limit women's access to health care during a very vulnerable time.

State legislators are kicking off the lame duck session with a bill that would affect family planning in Ohio. It would reprioritize funding for family planning so that it would effectively put Planned Parenthood last on the list to receive the funding.  Jo Ingles from the Ohio Public Radio Statehouse News Bureau  has been reporting on the matter and joins Emily McCord for this week's interview to talk about what this means.