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Life-Related Laws in Ohio
There are a number of laws in Ohio that impact our freedoms regarding life issues. Download Life Laws in Ohio to read an overview of current Ohio laws.
House Bill 298 - Reprioritization of Public Funds for Family Planning Services.
HB 298 prioritizes the distribution public funds, including Title XX, Title X and itle V funds received from the federal government, that are used for family planning services. It requires these funds to be distirbuted through a tiered system and that each tier must be fully funded before subsequent tiers receive
As explained by Carol Napp of the Ohio Legislative Service Commission in her analysis of the bill, the top tier consists of "eligible public health entities that provide family planning services, including community health clinics and similar health facilities operated by state, county, or local government entities." After this tier is fully funded, "the bill permits the funds to be awarded to nonpublic entities in the following order of descending priority:
(1) Federally qualified health centers;
(2) Nonpublic entities that provide comprehensive primary and preventive care services in addition to family planning services;
(3) Nonpublic entities that provide family planning services, but do not provide comprehensive primary and
preventive care services."
What this bill does is put organizations like Planned Parenthood at the end of the line for receiving public funds through the State of Ohio. The possibility of there being any funding left by the time the state gets to their place in line is so highly unlikely, that this bill essentially defunds Planned Parenthood without saying "we're defunding Planned Parenthood."
HB298 was modeled after the bill that was passed in Texas and has recently succefully stood up against a court challenge in the Texas Supreme Court.
GCRTL Executive Director Ruth Yorston testified before the House Committee on Health and Aging in support of HB 298. Click here to read her testimony.
Read the bill here.