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Ohio Senators Include Funding in Proposed Budget for Centers that Oppose Abortion

photo of Larry Obhof
Senate president Larry Obhof (R-Medina)

The Senate made some big changes to the House budget, including adding $5 million to a program that funds centers that counsel pregnant women against abortion.  

The $5 million is five times the funding that normally goes to the program that supports so-called pregnancy resource centers. Senate president Larry Obhof (R-Medina) said it will have no trouble passing the Republican-dominated Senate.

“I think that the large majority of our members would support what we’ve done here and frankly, would support additional funding on top of what’s in the bill now.”

Jamie Miracle at NARAL Pro Choice Ohio called them fake women’s health centers that often lie to women about the health risks of abortion.

“We should not be spending this $5 million on programs that will do nothing but hurt the people that come to them for care.”

Obhof said he’s unaware of that. The state is no longer funding health services at Planned Parenthood.

Karen is a lifelong Ohioan who has served as news director at WCBE-FM, assignment editor/overnight anchor at WBNS-TV, and afternoon drive anchor/assignment editor in WTAM-AM in Cleveland. In addition to her daily reporting for Ohio’s public radio stations, she’s reported for NPR, the BBC, ABC Radio News and other news outlets. She hosts and produces the Statehouse News Bureau’s weekly TV show “The State of Ohio”, which airs on PBS stations statewide. She’s also a frequent guest on WOSU TV’s “Columbus on the Record”, a regular panelist on “The Sound of Ideas” on ideastream in Cleveland, appeared on the inaugural edition of “Face the State” on WBNS-TV and occasionally reports for “PBS Newshour”. She’s often called to moderate debates, including the Columbus Metropolitan Club’s Issue 3/legal marijuana debate and its pre-primary mayoral debate, and the City Club of Cleveland’s US Senate debate in 2012.