Today, Senate Minority Leader Joe Schiavoni (D-Boardman) released the following statement after Governor Kasich signed HB 294, defunding Ohio Planned Parenthood and all similar organizations, as well as any group that contracts with them. 

"Governor Kasich has just signed a hugely unpopular bill that will devastate Ohio’s ability to provide quality care to some of our most underserved residents. Defunding Planned Parenthood ignores the wishes of 65% of Ohio voters and 65% of the country. By signing HB294, Governor Kasich disregards advice heard from countless medical professionals, patient advocates, and even the Columbus Public Health Department.” 

"To put it bluntly, signing HB 294 is a political move by Governor Kasich, but it will inflict far-reaching, real world harm on the citizens he was elected to represent. As he travels the country, the governor claims to be a voice of reason who can unite a divided nation. It is hard to believe candidate Kasich, as seen on TV, is the same person who would completely ignore the demands of his constituents."

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