State Rep. Nino Vitale (R-Urbana) co-sponsored legislation, House Bill 294, introduced to redirect funding to state programs and defund Planned Parenthood.
“I have long been concerned about tax dollars going to an organization that dismembers hundreds of thousands of American children each year. This must stop!” Vitale states in a news release. “23,000 per year, this is how many babies are aborted each year in the state of Ohio. Many of these abortions are performed by organizations that are partially funded with your tax payer money.”
Vitale said taxpayer funds should be diverted from Planned Parenthood facilities to Community Health Center facilities.
“While Ohioans are divided over abortion, we see common ground quickly forming to ensure Ohioans are not forced to send their tax dollars to an organization that sifts through aborted babies’ parts to see which organs can be salvaged and sold so they can buy a Lamborghini,” Vitale said.
Planned Parenthood receives in excess of half-a-billion dollars each year, more than 40 percent of its operating budget, from taxpayer revenues at the federal, state and local level, the release states.
House Bill 294 would require the Ohio Department of Health to ensure that no state taxpayer money is used to support an organization that performs or promotes elective abortions.