No Tax Funds to Abortion Providers
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, February 6, 2017 (Cincinnati, OH):
Saturday, February 11th, rallies and vigils will be held at Planned Parenthood facilities across the country to oppose tax dollars given to Planned Parenthood, the nation’s largest abortion chain. See ProtestPP.com.
In Cincinnati, three #DefundPP options are available Saturday:
40 Days for Life Prayer Hour
11 a.m. – Noon, in front of Cincinnati Planned Parenthood’s abortion headquarters, 2314 Auburn Avenue, Cincinnati, OH 45219. The hour will be centered on group prayer; Hamilton County Commissioner Chris Monzel will speak briefly; signs and information provided (contact Mary Clark, ten.esufnull@syad04ycnic, 513-365-2606).
Mary’s Mantle for Life
Mass 8 a.m., Holy Name Church, 2422 Auburn Ave. followed by Rosary prayer walk and vigil in front of Cincinnat Planned Parenthood’s abortion headquarters a few blocks away; information provided (contact Dean Weber, 513-232-5482).
Helpers of God’s Precious Infants
Mass 8:30 a.m., St. Teresa of Avila Church, 1175 Overlook Ave. followed by Rosary prayer walk and vigil at Planned Parenthood Ferguson Road location; signs and information provided (contact Paul Kleemeier, 513-984-6742).
“Planned Parenthood receives $533 million annually from us taxpayers, 43% of their annual budget, of which $430 million comes from the federal government,” said Paula Westwood, Executive Director, Right to Life of Greater Cincinnati. “Though tax funds are claimed not to fund abortion, any money granted Planned Parenthood underwrites its abortion agenda.”
Ohio Planned Parenthood Federal Funding
Last year, February 22nd, 2016 Ohio Governor John Kasich signed House Bill 294 (lead sponsors Representatives Bill Patmon and Margy Conditt) to block abortionists in Ohio from qualifying for five federal funding programs administered by the Ohio Department of Health.
The bill redirects state-administered grants-approximately $1.3 million in 2015-away from Planned Parenthood and other abortion providers.
Planned Parenthood filed suit May 11, 2016 in federal court to block the law from being enforced. Judge Michael Barrett granted Planned Parenthood a temporary stay then permanent injunction, blocking the law from being enforced. The law is still held up in the courts.
Planned Parenthood says the cuts would not close any of its 28 facilities in Ohio, but do reduce funds for some non-abortion programs. The law does not affect Medicaid reimbursements, a large source of government funding, which still goes to this leading abortion chain.