Ohio Senate Votes to Defund Planned Parenthood

PP ProtestCINCINNATI, Ohio — The Ohio Senate has voted to defund the abortion giant Planned Parenthood, now sending the bill to the House for passage.

“We are moving that money to organizations that are life-affirming organizations,” Sen. Bill Coley, R-West Chester Township, told reporters.

Senate Bill 214 was approved 23-10 on Wednesday, mostly along party lines. The legislation would reallocate over $1.3 million in funding to other health-related groups in the state that do not perform abortions.

“The Department of Health shall ensure that all funds it receives through the Violence Against Women Act to distribute as grants for the purpose of education and prevention of violence against women are not used to do any of the following: (1) Perform nontherapeutic abortions; (2) Promote nontherapeutic abortions; (3) Contract with any entity that performs or promotes nontherapeutic abortions; (4) Become or continue to be an affiliate of any entity that performs or promotes nontherapeutic abortions,” it reads in part.

According to reports, over 50 members of the public signed up to give testimony at a hearing over the bill, providing opinions on both sides of the issue.

“Whether you call yourself pro-life or pro-choice, I think most people have an issue with taxpayer dollars going to an organization that seeks to profit off of the harvest of body parts from the unborn,” said Senate President Keith Faber.

“For me it’s sickening to know that this organization, which was very open to the prospect of ruthlessly dismembering an unborn child in order to obtain higher profit, received over $1 million from Ohio taxpayers in fiscal year 2015 alone,” he stated.

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“The Supreme Court has observed that state governments have ‘a legitimate and substantial interest in preserving and promoting fetal life,'” said Alliance Defending Freedom Senior Counsel Steven Aden in written testimony that was submitted to the Senate. “To further that end, states have authority to enact laws and policies that encourage childbirth over abortion, including withholding taxpayer subsidies for abortion.”

Those who spoke in support of Planned Parenthood contended that the organization provides other services besides abortion, such as sex education and contraception.

“More than 80,000 Ohioans are served by Planned Parenthood clinics each year,” said Cheri Holderidge, the leader of Village Church in Toledo and member of the Ohio Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice.

“The last time I checked, regardless of how we feel about it, Roe v. Wade has made abortion legal in the U.S. and is the law of the land,” argued Sen. Capri Cafaro, D-Hubbard. “This debate shouldn’t be about abortion anyway, it’s about access to health care.”

The bill will now move to the Ohio House of Representatives, and if passed, will be sent to the desk of Gov. John Kasich for signing.

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  • Josey

    No, defunding is a start though for w/out the money they will go under, that doesn’t take any judgement away for what they have already done but is a start, imo. People are waking up, that is a great thing.

  • thelordlives2011

    FoJc_Forever, you are right Judgment is coming but it may be here already here as why the nation is so sexually immoral and corrupt. May be there is Spirit of Molech hanging over the United States caused by PP, our government, President, and evil Liberalism. Sacrificing children to the Molech is not different than abortions done by Planned Parenthood. Let me explain. Molech was a idol that the Ammonites worshiped and sacrifices their children to. Molech was a large cast iron idol with a man’s body, had a big hole in its belly to start a fire, head of steer, and had its arms sticking out. The Ammonites would create a fire, get it real hot, and place children on the arms and burn up the children. This is no different when a hired killer with MD license places salt on the unborn and scolds then to death. The Ammonites would throw their children in the belly of the beast and burn up there children. The hired killer with MD license put his curette inside the womb (like inside the belly of the beast) and cuts the baby in millions pieces and sells them. Is there a connection?

    • FoJC_Forever

      Jesus (the) Christ, the Living Word of God, is the same yesterday, today, and forever. Judgement has already come, is happening now, and is coming soon.

      Yes, demons are behind the onward push of murdering babies in America and in the world. They feed of the innocent blood, reveling in the corruption which drives people to sacrifice their own children.

      The corruption in the world is the fault of the world. Blaming the people of God for the heinous murders and depraved debauchery of those around us is akin to what Satan does – accused the Brethren. Christians are responsible for their own sins and cannot make others do what is right.

      What is unfolding now on the earth is that which has been foretold. Time is short.

      Follow Jesus, find Truth.

  • JGC

    By what rational argument is terminating a pregnancy an act of murder, FoJC?