COLUMBUS – Today, members of the Ohio Senate Democratic Caucus celebrated a federal judge’s decision to block the implementation of a law that would have defunded Planned Parenthood and many other healthcare providers throughout Ohio. Judge Michael R. Barrett of the U.S. District Court in Cincinnati ruled that the law, which the Democratic Caucus opposed in the Ohio Senate, would cause “irreparable injury” to Planned Parenthood. Governor John Kasich had signed House Bill 294 into law in February.

Senate Minority Leader Joe Schiavoni (D-Boardman): “Thank you to the judge for recognizing that this law is nothing more than pushing the Republican agenda to deny a woman’s constitutionally protected right to seek an abortion. Let’s stop these attacks and allow Planned Parenthood to do what they do best – provide vital healthcare services to women and men all across this state.”

Assistant Senate Minority Leader Charleta B. Tavares (D-Columbus): "Planned Parenthood has provided quality, valuable and needed HIV tests, cancer screenings and other prevention services for many years.  The people of Ohio deserve to have continuity of care with trusted providers who serve vulnerable Ohioans."

Senator Capri S. Cafaro (D-Hubbard): “I am proud to have been a leading voice against the misguided bill aimed to defund Planned Parenthood. I applaud Judge Barrett's decision to ensure the Ohio Department of Health considers Planned Parenthood's application for grant funding. It is a reflection of the important and necessary health services Planned Parenthood provides to men and women across the Buckeye State.” 

Senator Sandra Williams (D-Cleveland): “I pleased to see that the Court has decided to stand by the many women who depend on Planned Parenthood for affordable health care services.  I applaud the efforts of Planned Parenthood and the many men and women who work each day to protect health care access for women.”

Senator Kenny Yuko (D-Richmond Heights): “Young women and men go to Planned Parenthood because they know they will be given accurate medical information and reliable services. Planned Parenthood is irreplaceable, and at the very least they deserve to compete for these funds. This is a small victory for thousands of patients across Ohio.”

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