Planned Parenthood closer to losing gov't funds

Posted at 11:54 PM, Jan 27, 2016
and last updated 2016-01-28 04:00:08-05

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- An Ohio bill that would divert government funding away from Planned Parenthood has cleared one of its final legislative hurdles.

The Republican-controlled state Senate passed the legislation Wednesday on a 22-8 vote. The House must now OK the bill before it could go to Republican Gov. John Kasich for his signature.

House Speaker Cliff Rosenberger said he expects his chamber to give its approval next month.

The measure targets money that Planned Parenthood receives through Ohio's health department.

Though the bill doesn't specifically name Planned Parenthood, supporters have acknowledged the organization would be most affected. The bill would restrict such funds from going to entities that perform or promote abortions. 

The roughly $1.3 million, which is mostly federal funds, supports initiatives for HIV testing, breast and cervical cancer screenings and prevention of violence against women. The measure wouldn't affect the amount of money available for such initiatives, just who could get the dollars.

Democrats argue the bill would restrict access to health care services, though Republicans say the money could be further spread throughout the state.