Increased Protection for Women and Children
June 30, 2013 – Governor Kasich has signed the Ohio budget including key pro-life provisions, increasing protections for women and their unborn children.
Thank you to all who worked to ensure the success of these measures.
From the Columbus Dispatch story:
… “Significant abortion provisions in the budget were not changed. The bill essentially cuts off Planned Parenthood from about $1.4 million in federal family planning dollars by reprioritizing who can receive the money.
Under the bill, abortion clinics must have a transfer agreement with a hospital, but they are prohibited from signing one with a public hospital. The bill also requires a doctor to perform an external ultrasound prior to an abortion to search for a heartbeat, and if one is found, must inform the woman. The doctor also must tell the woman the likelihood of the fetus surviving to a full term, and it redefines a fetus as “developing from the moment of conception,” rather than when a fertilized egg has been implanted in the uterus.
The bill also provides funding for crisis pregnancy centers, which supporters say offer women important alternatives to abortion, but critics argue provide medically inaccurate information.” …