Ohio Senate OKs Planned Parenthood funding bill

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) – A bill that seeks to divert government funding away from Planned Parenthood has cleared one of its final legislative hurdles.

The legislation passed the Senate Wednesday after a committee earmarked $250,000 for community health centers. The House passed an earlier version of the bill and must sign off on the changes before it goes to Republican Governor John Kasich.An Ohio legislative panel is weighing a proposal that seeks to divert government funding away from Planned Parenthood.

Backers say the bill targets the grants that Planned Parenthood receives through Ohio’s health department. The taxpayer dollars are mostly federal and support initiatives including HIV testing, breast and cervical cancer screenings and prevention of violence against women.

It wouldn’t affect the amount of money available for such initiatives, just who could get the dollars.

The bill doesn’t specifically name Planned Parenthood, but supporters have acknowledged the organization would be most affected.

The measure 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.

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