Ohio Bill to Defund Planned Parenthood In Final Stretch

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An Ohio bill that seeks to divert government funding away from Planned Parenthood is headed toward its final legislative hurdles.

A Senate committee approved the measure Wednesday on a party-line vote. The full Senate is expected to vote later Wednesday.

The Republican-dominated Senate already passed a separate version of the measure, though legislative leaders recently agreed to advance the House’s bill.

The measure targets money that Planned Parenthood receives through Ohio’s health department. Those funds amount to roughly $1.3 million. The taxpayer dollars, which are mostly federal, support initiatives for HIV/AIDS testing, breast and cervical cancer screenings and prevention of violence against women.

The bill would restrict such funds from going to entities that perform or promote abortions. It would not affect the amount of money available for such initiatives.