De-funding Planned Parenthood Takes Effect
Ohio Right to Life Promotes Alternatives to Abortion Provider
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: Katherine Franklin
DATE: Monday, May 23, 2016 PHONE: 614-547-0099 ext. 304
COLUMBUS, Ohio–Today, Ohio Right to Life’s legislation to de-fund Planned Parenthood goes into effect, cutting 1.3 million taxpayer dollars from the abortion provider. As the legislation is enacted, Ohio Right to Life is promoting free to low-cost health care providers at www.ohiochc.org, ohiofreeclinics.org, heartbeatinternational.org and getyourcare.org.
“Ohio has taken an advanced step in promoting ethical medicine over a corporation that is constantly mired in scandal,” said Katie Franklin, director of communications for Ohio Right to Life. “As this goal comes to completion, we are now shining a light on the hundreds of health centers and pregnancy centers that provide care to low-income women, men and babies without compromising the lives of children through abortions.”
On May 11, Planned Parenthood filed a lawsuit against the Ohio Department of Health hoping to delay the enactment of the legislation. As the law goes into effect, health care providers can apply for the available funding, to include dollars for infant mortality reduction, STD/HIV screenings, breast and cervical cancer screenings, and prevention of violence against women. Those organizations interested in applying for the funding should contact the Ohio Department of Health.
“The long-term goal for Ohio Right to Life was to set a public policy for the state of Ohio that is both ethically consistent and fiscally responsible,” said Franklin. “With this new law, Ohio is showing the country how to achieve a coherent and holistic approach to free and low-cost health care that doesn’t come at the cost of human lives.”
Founded in 1967, Ohio Right to Life, with more than 45 chapters and local affiliates, is Ohio’s oldest and largest grassroots pro-life organization. Recognized as the flagship of the pro-life movement in Ohio, ORTL works through legislation and education to promote and defend innocent human life from conception to natural death.