Ohio Legislature Gives Final Approval to Bill Stripping $1.3 Million from Abortion Business
Ohio State Representative Margaret Conditt
COLUMBUS, Ohio— On Wednesday, Ohio Right to Life’s legislation to de-fund Planned Parenthood (H.B. 294) was approved by the Ohio House, 59-32.
Sponsored by Representatives Margaret Conditt (R-Liberty Township) and Bill Patmon (D-Cleveland), this legislation cuts over $1 million in yearly federal grants to Planned Parenthood, the country’s largest abortion provider.
This legislation, which is at the top of Ohio Right to Life’s 2015-2016 legislative agenda, received renewed interest following the release of undercover videos showing Planned Parenthood officials negotiating dollar amounts for aborted babies’ body parts. In December, Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine revealed that in Ohio, Planned Parenthood locations are contracting with companies that dump fetal remains in landfills.
Ohio State Representative Bill Patmon
“This legislation has been at the top of Ohio Right to Life’s legislative agenda for years,” said Stephanie Ranade Krider, executive director of Ohio Right to Life. “Thanks to the thoughtful, careful work of the Ohio House and Senate, the taxpayer dollars of pro-life Ohioans like myself will now be shielded from the abortion industry. This is an incredible victory for the pro-life cause in Ohio and for the national pro-life movement’s collective efforts to de-fund the abortion industry chief, Planned Parenthood.”
At the end of January, the Ohio Senate passed the legislation, 22-8. House Bill 294 now heads to the desk of Governor John Kasich, who has signed 16 Ohio Right to Life initiatives over the last five years. …
“Ohio’s pro-life leaders have shown the public how to respond to the heinous actions of the abortion industry,” said Krider. “With bipartisanship, with compassion, and with moral courage, the House and Senate have delivered to Governor Kasich a piece of legislation that will go down as historical. This legislation will mark the extraordinary moment when Ohio decided to get out of the abortion business.”
Editor’s note. This is excerpted from an updated distributed by Ohio Right to Life, NRLC’s state affiliate.
By Dave Andrusko
A bill to ban abortions based on gender or disability passed the Indiana Senate Tuesday by a strong vote of 35-14. The measure now moves onto the Indiana House.
Senate Bill 313 would ban abortions if the reason a woman seeks one is “solely” because of the baby’s sex or because she is diagnosed, or potentially diagnosed, with Down syndrome or another genetically-inherited disease.
“We have in here a very, very clear mandate that we do not want to discriminate and really that’s what we’re doing here today if we don’t pass this bill,” the author of the bill, state Sen. Liz Brown, said last week during a committee meeting. “We’re saying there are certain classes and categories of individuals in the state of Indiana who have less value,” Rachel Hoffmeyer of TheStatehouseFile.com reported.
Last Wednesday, Katie Shaw was one of the witnesses who testified before a meeting of the Health and Provider Services Committee.
“Five months into pregnancy, my mom found out I had Down syndrome. The doctors never mentioned abortion,” Shaw said. “My parents, with the help of doctors, focused on what would help me have a wonderful life. I’m grateful my parents gave me a chance to live a wonderful life and they did not abort me.”
Why is the bill needed? According to Sen. Brown because doctors are “pressuring women to have these abortions.”
“What we hear from doctors is — it would really be better off if you were not born,” Brown said, according to the Indianapolis Star. “If you are born, we will love you, and we think you have equal rights and should be a member of society. In fact, we have the Americans with Disabilities Act and have to make accommodations. But we don’t want to make the accommodation before you’re born, and in fact, it would really be easier if you were not born.”