Ohio Senate Proposal Would End Funds to Planned Parenthood

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) – The leader of the Ohio Senate has introduced a bill that would divert government funding from Planned Parenthood.

The bill announced Wednesday by Republican Senate President Keith Faber is similar to one introduced in the Ohio House in August.

The legislation follows release of secretly recorded videos by anti-abortion activists showing Planned Parenthood employees describing how they provide fetal tissue from abortions for medical research. Planned Parenthood has said the videos are heavily edited and misleading.

Such tissue donations are illegal in Ohio, and a Planned Parenthood state leader says no donation program exists here.

Ohio Right to Life praised the Senate bill. They and other anti-abortion groups have asked Gov. John Kasich, a Republican presidential contender, to stop taxpayer money from going to Planned Parenthood.