Dozens of ordinary Ohioans have testified in their legislature. Thousands have protested in the streets. They are and have been fighting a variety of proposed laws that adversely impacted women. They have had an impact.
The Ohio legislature has tabled, at least temporarily, a provision to cut funding for Planned Parenthood. The provision was an amendment to the mid-year budget review bill, pushed by the anti-abortion fanatics who can’t accept the fact that Planned Parenthood does not use Federal funds to provide abortions and does provide vitally needed affordable health and family planning services for women and families.
The amendment set up a priorities list of who got the money for family planning services. Planned Parenthood’s 32 clinics would be last on the list.
Democrats are concerned that the amendment will resurface as a stand-alone bill, so the battle is hardly over. House Bill 298 is already in the House Health Committee with a hearing scheduled for next week.
One down and far too many to go.