Seeks to Block Law’s Enforcement
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, May 11, 2016 (Cincinnati, OH): February 22 of this year Ohio Governor John Kasich signed House Bill 294 to block abortionists in Ohio from qualifying for five funding programs administered by the Ohio Department of Health.
The bill redirects state-administered grants–approximately $1.3 million last year–away from Planned Parenthood and other abortion providers.
The law is scheduled to go into effect May 23, and Planned Parenthood filed suit today in federal court to block the law from being enforced.
Reportedly, Planned Parenthood says the cuts do not force any of its 28 facilities in Ohio to close, but they do reduce funding for some non-abortion programs.
“Government funding for any Planned Parenthood program is misuse of citizens’ tax dollars to prop up the abortion industry,” said Paula Westwood, Executive Director, Right to Life of Greater Cincinnati. “The law does not even affect Medicaid reimbursements, a large source of government funding, which will still go to this leading abortion chain.”