Planned Parenthood Sues Ohio Over De-Funding
Planned Parenthood filed suit against the State of Ohio yesterday for denying funding to its affiliates in what Ohio Right to Life called a “frivolous lawsuit.”
In February Gov. Kasich signed House Bill 294, which denies most state grants (but not Medicaid reimbursements) to any business that perform abortion. The law is set to go into effect May 23rd.
The suit accuses Ohio of “retaliation” for the business’s abortions, and asks for an injunction.
In a statement calling efforts to defund the organization in more than 24 states and “unprecedented wave of attacks” that “could have devastating consequences for women, men, and young people across the country,” Planned Parenthood of Greater Ohio said the cuts would endanger people by cutting off the organization’s grants to provide STD and HIV tests, and would endanger its “Healthy Moms, Healthy Babies” program for pregnant African-American women in Trumbull and Mahoning counties (Youngstown/Warren), which it calls the largest infant mortality prevention program in the state.
“Rest assured, we will leave no stone unturned to protect access to care for the Ohioans who trust and rely on us,” said Jerry Lawson, CEO of Planned Parenthood of Southwest Ohio.
However, the statement also asserts that none of the 28 Planned Parenthood affiliates in the state (three of which perform abortions) will close if the law goes into effect.
“No matter what they say, money given to Planned Parenthood funds abortion,” said Paula Westwood, executive director of Right to Life of Greater Cincinnati. “They aren’t the only game in town — the money for STD testing and other services could go to other agencies that would do a good job with it. They want it because it keeps them open.
“Many people in the state of Ohio do not want tax money to go to abortionists. The government needs to pay attention to them. And this law does not even affect Medicaid reimbursements, a large source of government funding, which will still go to the leading abortion chain.”
Other pro-life groups agree. “The State of Ohio has every right and reason to cut off state funding from entities that do not fit our state policy to prefer childbirth over abortion,” said Katie Franklin, director of communications for Ohio Right to Life.“Millions of times over, Planned Parenthood has proven that its mission is antithetical to this policy, and its work is destructive to human life.
“The irony is that Planned Parenthood is now spilling money to retain state money in a frivolous lawsuit that is built on the absurd premise that they are short on money. Taxpayer money is better spent at life-affirming facilities that serve women and their children instead of a hyper-political corporation that is constantly mired in scandal.”
The lawsuit is one of several Planned Parenthood has filed over recent changes in Ohio laws. The multi-million dollar company, which is the nation’s largest abortion chain and runs the countries largest abortion facilities, also provides a limited number of sex-related medical services it calls “basic reproductive healthcare.” These include tests for sexually transmitted disease, manual screenings for cancer, Pap smears and gynecological exams, and birth control prescriptions. It also runs sex education programs that have been derided as obscene in numerous states.
In its last national annual report, Planned Parenthood Federation of America reported having 2.5 million clients (some of them men) and administering more than 1 million pregnancy tests, aborting 363,803 babies, performing 271,500 Pap tests, providing 2 million women with contraceptives and dispensing almost 1 million “emergency contraception” kits, and performing a total of 17,419 “prenatal services” (which often include more than one service per client visit). According to the 2010 US Census, about 51.2 million women between the ages of 20 and 40 live in the United States, which means that Planned Parenthood serves less than 4 percent of American women.
Photo © Gail Deibler Finke, courtesy Right to Life of Greater Cincinnati.
Disclosure: Senior Editor Gail Deibler Finke is also an employee of Right to Life of Greater Cincinnati.
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