Ohio Senate Passes Bill Targeting Planned Parenthood Funding

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A bill rushed through the state senate today would take money away from Planned Parenthood. Statehouse reporter Andy Chow has more.

After just two committee hearings and limiting opponent testimony to two minutes, the bill to defund Planned Parenthood was sent to the Senate floor which passed along party lines.

Planned Parenthood of Ohio President and CEO Stephanie Kight says it could lose about $1.4 million for its testing and education programs. Supporters say there are other, pro-life groups that can fill the void. But Kight says they got that money through a grant process for a reason.

Kight: “It was awarded to us in a competitive process and some of the providers they’re talking about saying—‘we’ll give that money to those other providers’—they competed with us and the state of Ohio didn’t select them because they don’t have the capacity.”

The bill now goes to the House.

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