The fight to defund Planned Parenthood continued with The Ohio House of Representatives vote to advance a bill to defund the clinic. Their goal is to reallocate more than $1.3 million of funding “to other health-related groups in the state that do not perform abortions,” reported Christian News.
House Bill 294 would ensure that grants are not used to perform or promote nontherapeutic abortions:
“The department of health shall ensure that all funds it receives through the Violence Against Women Act to distribute as grants for the purpose of education and prevention of violence against women are not used to do any of the following: (1) Perform nontherapeutic abortions; (2) Promote nontherapeutic abortions; (3) Contract with any entity that performs or promotes nontherapeutic abortions; (4) Become or continue to be an affiliate of any entity that performs or promotes nontherapeutic abortions,” shared Christian News.
Representatives Bill Patmon and Margaret Conditt make certain the bill “disallows funding for the HIV/AIDS initiative, the infant mortality reduction program, sexual education program and other initiatives to go to groups performing or promoting abortions,” according to Christian News.
Some like Rep. Nickie Antonio (D-Lakewood) opposed the legislation during deliberations, “This is about ideological opposition to a woman’s right to choose—let’s call it what it is—by legislators who think they have the right to make a woman’s personal health care decisions.”
Others like Rep. Kristina Roegner (R-Hudson) defended the bill, “I just get sick and tired of hearing a bill like this is a war on women. As a woman and a mother of three daughters, I can stand here and confidently say that the real war on women is abortion.”
The bill will be moved on to the Ohio Senate. If the legislation passes, it will be sent to Governor John Kasich.
Christian News added, “According to a state report, there were 21,186 abortions in the state last year, and there were 147 abortions per 1,000 live births. The majority of women obtaining abortions are unwed mothers.”