November 14, 2012

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Planned Parenthood funding to be targeted

By Catherine Candisky

Republican leaders in the legislature will renew efforts to strip family-planning money from Planned Parenthood, restarting hearings this week on a bill to redirect tax dollars to community health clinics.

House Health and Aging Committee Chairman Lynn Wachtmann, R-Napoleon, scheduled a possible vote to recommend passage of House Bill 298 for Wednesday.

Backed by Ohio Right to Life and other anti-abortion advocates, the bill stalled last spring over concern that it also would divert funding from hospitals, which was not the intent of supporters.The legislation would create a priority system for awarding federal family-planning funds, putting Planned Parenthood at the bottom of the list and probably cutting off about $1.7 m illion it uses for birth control and preventive care.

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