Planned Parenthood advocates and supporters packed a hearing room in Columbus May 16 to demonstrate opposition against controversial House Bill 298, a measure that, if passed, would put family planning clinics such as Planned Parenthood at the back of the line for state funding, instead giving priority to health departments.
The House Health Committee heard testimony from bill supporters and opponents. “If PP is defunded, we will still offer a full range of options for care, but the working poor will have no way to pay for them,” testified Beth Lonn, Chief Operating Officer of Planned Parenthood of Central Ohio, according to a tweet from Planned Parenthood Affiliates of Ohio.
Opponents of HB 298 express concern that the reprioritizing of funds would deny high-need women, particularly those of low income, access to preventive, affordable health care services.
Supporters of the bill such as Ohio Right to Life tout the measure as a way to steer funds away from the “abortion industry.” The bill is now awaiting a committee vote.