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How Change By Planned Parenthood Could Affect Ohio

Planned Parenthood, Columbus
Karen Kasler
Planned Parenthood, Columbus

Planned Parenthood says it will no longer provide birth control, HIV and STD testing and other health services with federal money known as Title X funds. The group says it cannot comply with what they call a gag rule that just went into effect that prohibits its doctors from talking about abortion with their patients. Here is what that means in Ohio.

Lillian Williams with Planned Parenthood of Greater Ohio says more than 60,000 low income Ohioans get health screenings and birth control with the help of Title X funds.

“The subsidy allows us to provide services for patients at no cost, up to 100% of poverty. Without that funding, those, quote, unquote, fully subsidized services won’t be available," Williams says.

Williams says Planned Parenthood is the only Title X provider in nine Ohio counties. She says the organization will continue to provide birth control and other health services  but won't be using Title X funds to do that. Patients on Medicaid and those who have private insurance will continue to receive the organization's health care services with no changes. But dropping out of Title X funding will affect more than individual patients. Williams says mobile clinics in Cuyahoga County that provide health education and testing for HIV, STDs and pregnancy in low income communities in that area will cease to operate in the absence of Title X funding.

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Jo Ingles is a professional journalist who covers politics and Ohio government for the Ohio Public Radio and Television for the Ohio Public Radio and Television Statehouse News Bureau. She reports on issues of importance to Ohioans including education, legislation, politics, and life and death issues such as capital punishment.