Target: Governor John Kasich
Goal: Denounce the signing of legislation that would strip Planned Parenthood of funding.
Government funding for Planned Parenthood will be stopped in Ohio due to legislation signed into law by Governor John Kasich. This legislation will prohibit funds from going to entities that perform or promote abortions, their affiliates, and organizations that contract with an entity that performs abortions.
The funding being targeted, some $1.3 million in mostly federal money, supports HIV testing, breast and cervical cancer screenings and the prevention of violence against women. Programs that would be affected by the bill carried out over 47,000 STD tests, 3,600 HIV tests and served almost 2,800 new or expectant mothers in Ohio last year. Only three of their 28 locations in Ohio actually perform abortions.
The money will instead be diverted to health centers and providers that do not perform abortions, even though abortion remains legal under federal law. This is an attack on the people who need Planned Parenthood and its services the most.
People opposing the legislation have said that it has placed politics ahead of health care. It has come after misleading videos were released that alleged Planned Parenthood sold fetal tissue for profit, an allegation the organization strenuously denies. Sign this petition and denounce the signing of this legislation.
Dear Governor Kasich,
Your decision to sign a piece of legislation in private that would defund one of the most important programs for young mothers and their children is shameful. You have claimed that you are invested in the fight against infant mortality, yet you would strip Planned Parenthood of their funding to satisfy some political agenda.
Planned Parenthood in Ohio provided more than 47,000 STD tests, 3,600 HIV test and served 2,800 mothers last year, while informing many others about healthy relationships and their choices regarding pregnancy. The funding also supports breast and cervical cancer screenings for many women. This legislation would cut community health programs and be devastating for those that need the services of Planned Parenthood the most.
The argument against the funding is based on the provision of abortion services and the allegations against the organization regarding the sale of fetal tissue. If we are to look at the facts, only three of the 28 Planned Parenthood facilities in Ohio actually perform abortions, and they have vehemently denied the existence of the fetal donation program.
This legislation appears to be completely politically motivated, to the detriment of many young women, mothers and children. Shame on you for allowing this bill to pass.
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