Non-abortion centers in Springdale and Western Hills will close September 20th
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, September 9, 2019 (Cincinnati, OH)
Today, Planned Parenthood of Southwest Ohio announced they will be closing two locations in Cincinnati - one in Springdale and one in Western Hills. While these locations do not offer abortions, they have referred for abortions for years and provided Plan B (emergency contraception), which can cause early abortions in some cases.
See their Facebook post below:
Planned Parenthood of Southwest Ohio could no longer afford to keep these centers open with funding cuts from the state of Ohio and the federal budget. The Protect Life Rule recently went into effect, denying federal family planning dollars to organizations like Planned Parenthood that refer for or provide abortion. Planned Parenthood was receiving $60 million through this fund, 4% of their overall budget. And, earlier this year, the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that it is constitutional for the state of Ohio to defund Planned Parenthood. This bill protected $1.5 million taxpayer dollars from going to Planned Parenthood in our state.
"Cincinnati Right to Life is grateful to God first for bringing about the closing of two centers that enable abortion in our city," said Meg Wittman, Executive Director of Cincinnati Right to Life. "Furthermore, we are grateful to President Trump, Governor Mike Dewine, and all our legislators and judges who are fulfilling their promises to defund Planned Parenthood. Planned Parenthood of Southwest Ohio is responsible for committing over 3,000 abortions every year. There is no place for them in our city. Voters have made it clear. May God bless all the prayer warriors, especially the Helpers of God's Precious Infants, who have spent years outside these facilities praying, hoping, and believing that a day like today would come."
Abortion is not healthcare, and Planned Parenthood is not needed. The Ohio community has built up almost 400 Federally Qualified Health Centers (including many in Hamilton County) that provide access to high-quality affordable health care for all Ohioans. In fact, in many areas of Ohio, these centers are only option for healthcare for those on Medicaid or without health insurance. You can find the full list here.