Ohio House passes bill targeting Planned Parenthood funds

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) – A bill that seeks to divert more than $1 million in government funding away from Planned Parenthood has cleared the Ohio House.

Backers say the proposal targets grants Planned Parenthood receives through Ohio’s health department. The public dollars – mostly federal money – support initiatives including HIV 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, their affiliates and those that contract with an entity that performs abortions. It wouldn’t affect the amount of money available for such initiatives, just who could get the dollars.

The House passed the bill Tuesday on a 62-33 vote. The Senate passed a similar bill last month.

Legislative leaders now must decide which bill will advance.

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