Thursday, October 22, 2015

Ohio Senate Votes to Eliminate State and Federal Funding to Planned Parenthood

New York Times (Oct. 22, 2015): Ohio: Senate Votes to End Funds for Planned Parenthood:

State senators advanced a bill on Wednesday that would eliminate state and federal funding for Planned Parenthood clinics. Ohio is among a string of states to consider cuts in response to undercover videos about the group’s handling of fetal tissue. The Republican-controlled Senate voted 23 to 10 on party lines to advance the measure, which would strip funding from Planned Parenthood clinics in the state and any organization referring patients to them. The vote in Ohio followed one in Texas on Monday to bar Planned Parenthood from receiving state money. A federal judge has blocked an effort to cut Planned Parenthood funding in Louisiana. The Ohio bill was introduced in September after an anti-abortion group, the Center for Medical Progress, released secretly recorded videos that it said showed Planned Parenthood officials discussing the illegal sale of aborted fetal tissue. Planned Parenthood representatives have said the videos were deceptively edited and have denied wrongdoing, calling the proposed state legislative measures politically motivated. It said this month that it would no longer accept reimbursement for fetal tissue donated for research after abortions.

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