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Efforts To Defund Planned Parenthood Continue In Ohio

Lawmakers scrapped Gov. Kasich's proposal that would have given schools less money.
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Anti-abortion activists are pushing for two state proposals that would defund Planned Parenthood.

The House version of the proposal to take state funds from Planned Parenthood had its first hearing last week, where joint sponsor Bill Patmon of Cleveland said it ensures that state money won’t be used to perform elective abortions or that the state will contract with entities that do. 

“Planned Parenthood is not mentioned anywhere in this," he said. "If the shoe fits, however, please wear it.”

Planned Parenthood gets about $1.7 million in state funding, and has repeatedly said that money goes to cancer testing, health screenings and birth control, but not abortion services. A similar bill in the Senate is sponsored by President Keith Faber. More hearings are scheduled on both this week.