Ohio Planned Parenthood Retains Government Grants
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE (Cincinnati, OH), August 12, 2016: U.S. District Court Judge Michael Barrett has ruled against Ohio’s House Bill 294, which redirects approximately $1.3 million government funded grants for non-abortion services away from Planned Parenthood.
“Judge Barrett has ignored Ohio policy to prefer childbirth over abortion,” said Paula Westwood, Executive Director, Right to Life of Greater Cincinnati. “By its own admission, none of Planned Parenthood’s Ohio affiliates would close without these grants. Now this leading abortion chain remains the public face for these tax-funded programs.”
House Bill 294 was signed law February of this year and blocked abortionists in Ohio from qualifying for six grants administered by the Ohio Department of Health.
Planned Parenthood sued Ohio Department of Health Director Rick Hodges May 11th in federal court to block H.B. 294 from being enforced. May 23rd Judge Barrett granted Planned Parenthood a temporary restraining order stopping the law from going into effect.
Tuesday, August 2, Judge Barrett heard 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.
The temporary restraining order expired Friday, August 5th but Judge Barrett had until Friday, August 12th to release his decision.
Neither H.B. 294 nor Judge Barrett’s decision affects Medicaid reimbursements, a large source of government funding, which Planned Parenthood will still receive.