Abortion Chain Seeks Continued Tax Dollars
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE (Cincinnati, OH), July 30, 2016: Tuesday, August 2, U.S. District Court Judge Michael Barrett will hear oral arguments from attorneys for both Planned Parenthood and the Ohio Department of Health in the case Planned Parenthood of Greater Ohio et al v. Hodges et al.
Planned Parenthood’s lawsuit against Ohio Department of Health Director Rick Hodges is in response to House Bill 294, signed into law February of this year, to block abortionists in Ohio from qualifying for five funding programs administered by the Ohio Department of Health.
The bill redirects several state-administered grants–approximately $1.3 million last year–away from Planned Parenthood and other abortion providers. It does not affect Medicaid reimbursements, a large source of government funding, which still goes to this leading abortion chain.
Planned Parenthood filed suit May 11th in federal court to block the law from being enforced. May 23rd Judge Barrett granted Planned Parenthood a temporary restraining order stopping the law from going into effect.
“These redirected funds will not close any of Planned Parenthoods 28 Ohio facilities, but reduces funds for some non-abortion programs,” said Paula Westwood, Executive Director, Right to Life of Greater Cincinnati. “Any funds to Planned Parenthood underwrites its abortion agenda, which many taxpayers find objectionable.”
The date for Judge Barrett’s ruling following the oral arguments is not known at this time, but could be as early as a few days after.