Congressman Tim Ryan Statement on Federal Court Protecting Planned Parenthood Funding

Washington, DC – Congressman Tim Ryan made the following statement applauding United States District Judge Michael Barrett’s ruling to block an Ohio law that diverts $1.4 million in funding, most of it federal, away from Planned Parenthood:

“Here in Ohio, 57,000 individuals count on Planned Parenthood each and every day, the vast majority of them women. I applaud the court’s rejection of this politically-motivated attempt to strip thousands of Ohioans of their ability to receive quality health care.

“This funding would not go to abortions. Current state and federal law already bars tax dollars from going to those services. Instead, these lawmakers were attempting to block money that supports HIV testing, cancer screenings, and other health education and prevention services. Ohio women were spared of this harmful assault on their health care, but we cannot continue to rely on the courts to rectify the devastating and damaging laws coming out of our state legislature. We need to band together and make our voices heard. Ohio Republicans can no longer be allowed to abuse their role as elected officials to attack the rights of our fellow citizens.”