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Ohio GOP Votes to Defund Planned Parenthood
November 15, 2012 at 8:00 AM

In a move being called an "attack for ideological reasons", a vote split down party lines yesterday approved legislation that will strip Planned Parenthood of about 2 million dollars annually. The bill (HB 298) now heads to the House floor.

HB 298 passed despite the House being packed with doctors, patients and advocates voicing opposition to the bill. The common theme being that Planned Parenthood serves the poor and marginalized. Taking away services only hurts the already vulnerable populations in our state. Some testified that defunding Planned Parenthood could mean that poor women will not seek needed medical care elsewhere which will cause more health problems and unintended pregnancies and that those things cost the state more in the end.

After hearing all of the testimony in opposition to the bill, not one Republican changed their vote. "The losers in this are the women who need to access basic, fundamental health care," said Rep. Nickie Antonio, a Lakewood Democrat.

As reported in the Plain Dealer: "Other stand-alone family planning groups also would lose funding, testified Mary Wynne-Peaspanen, executive director of Family Planning Advocates of Northeast Ohio. Her Painesville-based organization stands to lose $90,000, and there isn't anyone to pick up the slack in her immediate area, she said."


This has me worried for the future of Planned Parenthood in Ohio. More importantly, I am worried for the women that will be turned away for medical care because of it.  It is so obviously a political move and smacks of the privileged taking from those who cannot defend themselves; the poor. It's punitive.  I am angry that the reasons for this kind of legislation are so blatantly religious ones. When we blend church and state all that is left is oppression - just ask the women living under the Taliban. Planned Parenthood is not an evil abortion factory. It is a medical facility that cares for women's health and saves women's lives.


What are your thoughts on HB 298? What are your thoughts on Planned Parenthood? 

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Replies

  • jillianmayasmom
    November 15, 2012 at 9:45 AM
    The GOP in Ohio is a joke.
  • horsesteelers
    November 15, 2012 at 11:37 AM

     What all does planned parenthood do? I thought they just did pregnancy test but it sounds like they do more. I could live without them. We have a doctor we can just go to.

  • Why123
    by Why123
    November 15, 2012 at 12:32 PM

    It just to show that the Republican party real does hate women.

  • ba13ygrl1987
    November 15, 2012 at 12:46 PM
    They provide basic medical care at little to no cost for women who can't afford an ob/gyn. Yearly pap exams, breast exams, cervical screening for cancer, ultra sounds and scans for things like pcnos. They are way more then free birth control and this will hurt many women. What's going to happen is women will not be able to afford a breast exam so they will use the er as their dr when they feel a lump, then you'll pay for it with your tax dollars because the er can't legally turn them away. If the assholes in the gop would just keep their opinions where it matters these women would continue to pay on a sliding scale based on income.

    Quoting horsesteelers:

     What all does planned parenthood do? I thought they just did pregnancy test but it sounds like they do more. I could live without them. We have a doctor we can just go to.

  • DirtyHippyMama
    November 15, 2012 at 1:56 PM

    Won't "Obamacare" provide the same stuff to women at low or no cost? 

  • DirtyHippyMama
    November 15, 2012 at 1:57 PM

    Truly curious btw! 

    Quoting DirtyHippyMama:

    Won't "Obamacare" provide the same stuff to women at low or no cost? 


  • DirtyHippyMama
    November 15, 2012 at 1:57 PM

    I wish PP would just stop doing abortions at some of their locations. Then maybe Republicans wouldn't have an issue with them. 

  • EthansMomma2010
    November 15, 2012 at 5:36 PM

     

    Quoting DirtyHippyMama:

    I wish PP would just stop doing abortions at some of their locations. Then maybe Republicans wouldn't have an issue with them. 

     if pp didn't do abortions i wouldn't have a problem with my tax dollars supporting them. while i don't agree with premarital sex, certain forms of bc, etc for my personal life, abortion is the only thing i have a public problem with. I  too am curious if obamacare provides these things? if so then isn't it more efficient funding wise to allow all the healthcare to go through one program than trying to fund 2? i'm confused by all this frankly.

  • johnny4ever
    November 15, 2012 at 7:05 PM

    Interesting

  • JoeyJrsMomma
    November 16, 2012 at 8:43 AM

    Years ago I worked for a big bank and I carried their medical insurance. It was good insurance, except that it did not cover birth control. It did however cover abortions. I could never get an abortion, but I do believe in preventing a pregnancy in the first place. I used Plan Parenthood for years to get my bc through them. I got it at a reduced rate since I could afford to pay for some of it, but without them I would have had nothing. I do not believe in abortions, but I also don't believe that I have the right to make that decision for everyone else.

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