The Ohio Senate today passed legislation, cosponsored by Senator Bill Beagle (R-Tipp City), aimed at redirecting public funds away from any entity associated with performing nontherapeutic abortions in Ohio and instead makes those funds available to local health centers and other entities that provide health services for women and children. 

"We are taking steps to ensure that the abortion industry, which demonstrates utter indecency and disregard for human dignity, does not receive taxpayer dollars," said Beagle. "My colleagues and I will continue to fight for the sanctity of human life."

The bill is similar to legislation passed by the Ohio Senate in October. Changes made by the Senate take new steps to advance best practices for addressing Ohio's abysmal infant mortality rate. Ohio is ranked 45th nationally in its infant mortality rate. 

Currently, none of the twenty-eight Planned Parenthood clinics in Ohio provide prenatal care or mammograms. Abortions account for 94 percent of all services for pregnant women provided by Planned Parenthood, according to the organization’s annual report. 

In Ohio, life-affirming alternatives outnumber Planned Parenthood by a ratio of 21:1 including 200 community health clinics, 124 health districts, and 55 free clinics.

The bill, sponsored by Representatives Bill Patmon (D-Cleveland) and Margaret Conditt (R-Liberty Township), passed the Ohio Senate by a vote of 22-8. 

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