Panel weighs Ohio bill aimed at Planned Parenthood’s funds

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — An Ohio legislative panel is weighing a proposal that seeks to divert government funding away from Planned Parenthood.

Backers say the bill targets the grants that Planned Parenthood receives through Ohio’s health department. The taxpayer dollars are mostly federal and support initiatives including HIV testing, breast and cervical cancer screenings and prevention of violence against women.

It wouldn’t affect the amount of money available for such initiatives, just who could get the dollars.

The measure could see a Senate committee vote on Wednesday.

The bill doesn’t specifically name Planned Parenthood, but supporters have acknowledged the organization would be most affected.

The measure would restrict such funds from going to entities that perform or promote abortions, their affiliates and those that contract with an entity that performs abortions.