Congressman Tim Ryan Slams Ohio Republicans Move to Strip $1.3 Million from Planned Parenthood

Washington, DC – Congressman Tim Ryan released the following statement after Republicans in the Ohio State Senate passed legislation stripping $1.3 million from Planned Parenthood.  This legislation was passed despite a grand jury this week clearing Planned Parenthood of any wrongdoing in allegations of the illegal selling of fetal tissue – and instead indicted anti-abortion activists on charges including tampering with a governmental record.

“It is no secret that this legislation was motivated by allegations of Planned Parenthood selling fetal tissue – allegations that were completely dismissed by a grand jury just two days ago. Despite Attorney General Mike DeWine’s best efforts to dig up dirt on Ohio Planned Parenthood, his politically-motivated investigation concluded that no Ohio clinics sold fetal tissue. Ohio lawmakers ignored these findings and instead have passed legislation that will slash $1.3 million from Planned Parenthood.

“This is not funding that would go to administering abortions. Current state and federal law tax dollars already bar tax dollars from going to those services. Instead these lawmakers are defunding much needed infant mortality prevention for new mothers, women’s health exams and lifesaving cancer screenings – to name just a few. Ohio is currently ranked 45th nationally for infant mortality, making it one of the states with the highest infant mortality rate in the country. And this is the legislation Ohio Republicans have decided to promote and pass?  It is clear, Ohio Republican 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 each and every day. They should be ashamed of themselves.”

Ohio House Bill 294 was passed the Ohio Senate today by a vote of 22 – 8.