This Thursday, the Ohio Senate passed a two-year budget which includes controversial amendments limiting the federal funds for Planned Parenthood — even banning public hospitals from having patient transfer agreements with abortion clinics.
The bill passed by a vote of 23-10 and will go before the House next Wednesday.
The amendment gives the priority to funding crisis pregnancy centers – which counsel against abortions – before funding Planned Parenthood, the country’s largest provider of abortions. The anti-abortion group Ohio Right to Life has been pushing for the amendment as it seeks to have Planned Parenthood defunded.
“This proposal will wreak havoc on tens of thousands of patients that rely on these facilities, and could result in 11 counties losing access to subsidized family planning services entirely,” said Kellie Copeland, executive director of NARAL Pro-Choice Ohio.
Additionally, the bill would prohibit doctors who have rights to practice at a public hospital from also working at an abortion clinic, and block transfer agreements between abortion clinics and public hospitals.
Clinics coordinate transfer agreements in case the patient needs more care than the clinic can provide. The clinics cannot operate unless the agreements are in existence.