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Ohio cuts funding for Planned Parenthood

Posted at 2:52 PM, Mar 22, 2019
and last updated 2019-03-22 14:52:05-04

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The Ohio Department of Health says it's ending grants and contracts that send money to Planned Parenthood after a divided federal appeals court upheld a state anti-abortion law that blocks public money for the group.

The department notified recipients and contractors Thursday that it will end that funding within a month to comply with the law, unless the court delays the effect of its ruling as Planned Parenthood requested.

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The department says the law requires it to ensure state and certain federal funds aren't "used to perform or promote nontherapeutic abortions."

Planned Parenthood of Greater Ohio President Iris Harvey tells The Columbus Dispatch the decision is "heartless."

The law targeted funding that Planned Parenthood receives through Ohio Department of Health. That money is mostly from the federal government.