Ohio’s health department is ending grants and contracts that send money to Planned Parenthood after a federal appeals court upheld a state anti-abortion law that blocks public money for the group.
The health department said the law requires it to ensure state and certain federal funds aren’t “used to perform or promote nontherapeutic abortions.”
Starting April 20th, all twenty-six operating locations in Ohio will no longer be recipients of millions of dollars in funding.
Democrats have publicly expressed their outrage as expected, with owner of Planned Parenthood Iris Harvey saying:
Gov DeWine is HEARTLESS. Just got a 30 day notice from Health Dept. Defunding Planned Parenthood work to reduce Black infant mortality, prevent violence against women, provide cancer screenings, HIV tests and sex education! All care health depts couldn’t do!
— IRIS E. Harvey (@CeoGreaterOhio) March 21, 2019
That’s right, she said Planned Parenthood works to “reduce Black infant mortality”.
On March 12, the full 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals reversed a lower federal court ruling when it voted 11-6 to uphold the state law. The majority opinion said that while Planned Parenthood contends the Ohio law will unconstitutionally deprive women of the right to access abortion services without undue burden, that conclusion is premature and speculative because the organization has said it will continue to provide abortion services.