Texas Right to Life has joined with Ohio Right to Life to withdraw taxpayer funding for abortion committers, such as Planned Parenthood, in the state of Ohio.
Ohio Right to Life was joined by John Seago, Legislative Director for Texas Right to Life, late last month to promote a bill that would redirect taxpayer dollars away from the abortion industry in Ohio to legitimate health care clinics.
Mike Gonidakis, President of Ohio Right to Life, remarks:
HB 298, sponsored by Representatives Kristina Roegner and Cliff Rosenberger, will prioritize public funding towards local health departments and community health centers to help low-income and poor women and their children.
Ohioan's tax dollars should be used as a responsible safety net to help low-income and poor women. The abortion industry and their lobbyists will recklessly claim that women will be denied health care with the enactment of this legislation. In reality, there are over 130 health districts and over 160 community health centers in Ohio that provide family planning services as well as comprehensive primary care. Groups like Planned Parenthood are only attempting to protect the taxpayer money that they have received for decades.
The abortion industry repeatedly claims that without taxpayer funding for family planning, abortions will increase. However, since 1998, government funding and contracts to Planned Parenthood have almost doubled from $165 million per year to $363.3 million. During the same time period, abortions have increased at Planned Parenthood from 165,509 per year to 332,278.
Simply put, taxpayer funding of abortion providers and their affiliates has done nothing to help women and certainly not their unborn children.
HB 298 has yet to reach the legislature floor for a vote.