Congressman Tim Ryan Condemns Ohio Republicans for Stripping $1.3 Million from Planned Parenthood
Washington, DC – Congressman Tim Ryan made the following statement in response to the Ohio State House voting to strip $1.3 million from Planned Parenthood in a bill that will now go to Governor Kasich to be signed. This legislation passed despite Planned Parenthood being cleared of any wrongdoing amidst allegations that it sold fetal tissue and a grand jury instead indicting anti-abortion activists on charges including tampering with a governmental record. Attorney General Mike DeWine’s investigation also concluded that no Ohio Planned Parenthood clinics sold fetal tissue.
“These lawmakers should be ashamed of themselves. This is not funding that would go to administering abortions. Current state and federal law already bars taxpayer dollars from going to those services. Instead, these lawmakers are defunding much-needed infant mortality prevention for expectant mothers, women’s health exams, and life-saving cancer screenings – just to name a few. Ohio is currently ranked 45th nationally for infant mortality, making it one of the states with the highest infant death rates in the country. And this is the legislation Ohio Republicans have decided to promote and pass? It is clear that Ohio Republicans are yet again prioritizing politics over people. Today’s actions are a slap in the face and a harmful assault on the 56,939 men and women in Ohio who rely on Planned Parenthood for basic health care each and every day. I call on Governor Kasich to stand with Ohioans and veto this hateful and dangerous legislation,” said Congressman Ryan.
Ohio House Bill 294 passed the Ohio House today by a vote of 59 – 32 and the Ohio Senate on January 27, 2016 by a vote of 22 – 8.