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House Committee Continues Debate On Cutting Planned Parenthood Funding

Wednesday, May 16, 2012 at 6:54 PM

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A bill to cut funding to Planned Parenthood is once again under debate at the Ohio Statehouse. Ohio Public Radio's Jo Ingles reports.

A bill to cut funding to Planned Parenthood is once again under debate at the Ohio Statehouse. Ohio Public Radio’s Jo Ingles reports.

{Opponents of the bill to defund Planned Parenthood are unhappy that a house committee considering the bill adjourned before allowing all of the testimony, including that of medical professionals, to be heard in this most recent debate.  But activists on both sides of the debate agree this legislation likely won’t be completely passed by the house and senate before lawmakers take summer break.  Mike Gonadakis is with Ohio Right to Life.

Gonadakis - Our number one goals is to have this on the Governor’s desk by the end of the year.

Planned Parenthood’s Gary Daugherty (Darty) says he thinks majority Republicans in the Ohio House and Senate are not fast tracking this bill for a reason.

Daugherty - I don’t think it is inconceivable at all that there are some political calculations being made too…whether or not to continue this assault.

The bill to defund Planned Parenthood was part of a larger budget bill until a couple of weeks ago when lawmakers detached it….deciding to consider it on its own merits. 

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