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Our Position on Incremental Legislation:

Many pro-life advocates disagree about whether or not to support pro-life legislation which does not completely ban all abortion, but instead provides some incremental approach to limiting abortion.  The reality is that we are doing both.  The decisions of the United State Supreme Court to make abortion legal through the Roe v Wade ruling in 1973 and subsequent rulings since make it impossible for states to ban abortion completely since it took it out of the jurisdiction of the states to do anything but regulate the practice of abortion, and allows them to ban it only after the point of viability in an unborn child’s gestation (roughly starting at 20 weeks).  There have been many attempts to overturn the Roe v Wade and subsequent decisions, but the current makeup of the Supreme Court has prevented these attempts from being successful.

Right to Life of Northeast Ohio is selective in the pro-life legislation that we do support. We WILL NOT support any incremental legislation that will ban or place limits on abortion if it has exceptions in it for the children conceived through rape or incest, or exceptions for children with fetal abnormalities/disabilities (such as the national Pain Capable Unborn Child Protection Act). In those cases, we push for the removal of the exception language.

We do recognize that all incremental legislation is flawed in that it does not save the lives of the unborn before 20 weeks, and this is heartbreaking.  At the same time, we strongly disagree with those who state that incremental legislation is only regulating the murder of unborn children. We KNOW that incremental legislation that we have supported has saved lives, and it has lessened a portion of the evils or harmful effects of that standing unjust law that is legal abortion.  We have listened and disagree with those who say that incremental legislation is unprincipled and against God’s law, because we have seen those lives who God has helped us to save because of the incremental legislation.  We believe that EVERY child has a God given right to life, and we cannot stand by and let them ALL die when we know that we can save some of them while we are hard at work trying to save them all.

“Passing incremental legislation often represents the most sensible approach to dealing with poorly crafted or morally problematic pieces of legislation. In the absence of needed votes to overturn harmful legislation altogether, it is still possible to make significant progress in limiting the damage that these laws can do through the patient spadework of incremental legislative revision. This is done with an eye towards one day being able to rescind or abrogate the unjust law altogether.”    Fr. Tad  Pacholczyk, Ph.D    (To read the full article where this statement was made,click here.)

The other reality is that legislation is only a small part of our mission at Right to Life of Northeast Ohio.  By IRS non-profit rules and regulations, we are limited in the amount of time, energy and money that we are permitted to spend on political or legislative activities.  Because of this, we are very selective in what prospective legislation we will support, and choose to spend any limited funds and time only on legislation which we are certain according to our legal expert’s opinion can survive a court challenge. (SPECIAL NOTE:  Should a law pass in Ohio and be challenged, the Ohio Attorney General is obliged to defend the law in court, which can be very expensive.  Should the law NOT survive the challenge, the state very often must pay the legal costs of the challenge to the opposing side, thereby giving money to the pro-abortion side.) We choose to remain neutral on any legislation which we believe cannot withstand a court challenge in order to preserve our resources for other legislation.  Our main focus is on education and advocacy in order to bring about a positive change to the culture of life.  We believe that we must change the hearts and minds of abortion minded individuals through these education and advocacy efforts so that even if we are unsuccessful in our legislative efforts, we will be successful in helping to change the culture so that people will understand the evil of abortion and all other threats to human life and that abortion clinics will close because there will be no customers.  This is where the bulk of our time and energy goes, and where we have seen the most positive changes occurring with our mission.

The following is a list of some of the legislation we are watching being considered both in the Ohio and national legislatures:

STATE OF OHIO

The following are some of the legislative initiatives or prospective legislation affecting pro-life advocacy being considered by the state government during the 132nd general assembly: 

ABORTION TRAFFICKING PREVENTION ACT —  HB149 would prohibit fetal tissue trafficking. Federal law currently bans this practice, but a loophole allows tissue traffickers to compensate abortion clinics for services related to the trafficking of fetal tissue, including storage and transportation. This bill would make the exchange of any form of compensation for fetal tissue or organs illegal, and would make the activity a fourth degree felony. This bill is currently in the House Health committee.  Right to Life of Northeast Ohio supports this bill.   To read the testimony of RTLNEO Executive Director Denise Leipold in support of this bill, click here.

UNBORN CHILD DIGNITY ACT —  SB28 requires that aborted fetal remains be treated humanely following an abortion. The legislation is two-pronged. The first part requires that aborted children’s remains be either given earthly burial or cremation. The second part is Unborn Dignity Informed Consent, which increases informed consent by requiring full disclosure to women pursuing abortions of their options for the aborted baby’s treatment. This bill passed the senate on 1-17-18, passed out of the house health committee, and is awaiting a vote on the house floor.   Right to Life of Northeast Ohio supports this bill.  CLICK HERE to read the testimony of RTLNEO Executive Director Denise Leipold in support of this bill.

DISMEMBERMENT ABORTION BAN —  SB145 prohibits dilation and evacuation abortions, a procedure in which the abortionist first dilates the woman’s cervix and then uses steel instruments to dismember and extract the baby from the uterus. The D&E abortion procedure is usually performed between thirteen and twenty-four weeks LMP.  This legislation builds on the precedent set by the Supreme Court ten years ago in the famous case on partial-birth abortion, Gonzales v. Carhart. Like partial-birth abortion, dismemberment abortion is a brutal procedure which literally rips the child apart limb from limb. In Carhart, the Supreme Court said, “No one would dispute that, for many, D & E is a procedure itself laden with the power to devalue human life.” This bill passed the senate and is now in the house Criminal Justice Committee. CLICK HERE to read RTLNEO Executive Director Denise Leipold’s testimony on the bill.  Right to Life of Northeast Ohio supports this bill.

DOWN SYNDROME NON-DISCRIMINATION ACT —  HB214/SB164 will prohibit an abortion from being performed on an unborn child on the basis of that child having Down syndrome.  Currently, about 90 percent of babies diagnosed with Down syndrome are aborted. Women abort after a prenatal diagnosis of Down syndrome because of the perceived parenting burden and perceived quality of life of children with Down syndrome, and many are unlikely to receive the support they need to see their pregnancies through to birth. HB214 passed both the house and the senate, was signed by the governor, but was blocked by a federal judge on 3/14/18.  Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine will be fighting to appeal.  Right to Life of Northeast Ohio supports this bill.

CLINIC PROTECTION ACT —  HB234 would criminalize impeding access to reproductive health care and to create a cause of action for harassment or intimidation of one or more employees of a health care facility.  This bill is an effort to criminalize behavior that might simply annoy someone working at, owning, or seeking care at a “reproductive services” (ABORTION) clinic.  It seeks to stop peaceful, pro-life exercise of the first amendment rights to speech and freedom of religion – behavior guaranteed by the US and Ohio constitutions. This bill is currently in the house Criminal Justice Committee.   Right to Life of Northeast Ohio opposes this bill.

HEARTBEAT BILL — HB258  is a re-introduction of a previous version (HB69).  It would generally prohibit an abortion of an unborn human individual with a detectable heartbeat and would create the Joint Legislative Committee on Adoption Promotion and Support. This bill HB69 passed the House on 3/25/15 and moved to the senate where it did not progress.  In December 2016, a heartbeat amendment was added to HB493, a child abuse reporting bill.  The entire bill passed the house but because the heartbeat amendment was subject to a line item veto because of the bill containing budget appropriations, it was vetoed by the governor.  This was probably due to the probable unconstitutionality of the bill since it defies a very immoral and horrible federal law and stood little chance of being enacted or upheld by the courts. No heartbeat legislation passed in other states has been able to survive a court challenge. Should an enacted bill be struck down by the courts, the state could be obligated to pay the court costs for the opposing side.  This bill is in the house Health Committee.   Right to Life of Northeast Ohio remains neutral on this bill.  For more detailed information, please contact RTLNEO Executive Director Denise Leipold.

PREGNANT MINOR HEALTH CARE —  HB302 would allow a pregnant minor to consent to receive prenatal health care, health care during delivery, and post-delivery health care. Such care includes family planning services which under interpretation by an anortion-sympathetic judge could include abortion services  This would effectively operationally nullify Ohio’s current laws regarding parental notification and consent.   This bill his in the house Health Committee.   Right to Life of Northeast Ohio opposes this bill.

MOLST: MEDICAL ORDERS FOR LIFE SUSTAINING TREATMENT —  SB178 would establish “medical orders for life sustaining treatment” or “MOLST” form for Ohio–a protocol created and promoted by pro-euthanasia groups. Experience in other states has shown that MOLST (or POLST, physicians’ orders for life sustaining treatment) bills have preceded assisted suicide bills.  It will create administrative confusion for healthcare professionals and institutions, plus an unclear, even dangerous advance directive for patients.  This bill is in the senate Health and Human Services Committee.   Right to Life of Northeast Ohio opposes this bill.

LIFE AT CONCEPTION ACT —  HB565 defines an “unborn human” as a person under Ohio’s criminal code and would allow criminal charges to be brought against a woman who attempts to have an abortion, as well as the doctors.  Under the bill, abortions could be punishable by life in prison, and even the death penalty.  This bill was introduced into the house on 3/19/18 and is very extensive.  Right to Life of Northeast Ohio does not yet have a position on this bill.

END OF LIFE OPTION ACT — SB249 authorizes an adult who has a terminal condition and the capacity to make medical decisions to request a prescription for assisted suicide medication.   Current state law makes assisted suicide (including a doctor who prescribes drugs that would end a life) a 3rd degree felony punishable by a maximum of three years in prison and a $10,000 fine. The bill is currently in the senate Health, Human Services & Medicaid committee. Right to Life of Northeast Ohio opposes this bill.

 The following legislation is currently being drafted by various organizations and sponsors, but has not yet been introduced:

ABORTION INDUCING DRUGS SAFETY ACT — This legislation would require abortion-inducing drugs to be administered in accordance with “the protocol tested and authorized by the United States Food and Drug Administration as outlined in the final printed label of the abortion-inducing drug.” Texas passed a similar law in 2013, and it has been upheld by the federal courts. Currently, Mifeprex (mifepristone) is the only such drug labeled for the purpose of inducing abortion in the United States. Although the combination of mifepristone and misoprostol is still the most common drug regimen used in chemical abortions, Ohio has seen a significant increase in the number of chemical abortions using other drugs like methotrexate, a drug labeled for use as a chemotherapy agent.  Because there should be no room for compromise when administering drugs out of context that can be and are harmful to a woman’s health, Right to Life of Northeast Ohio supports this bill. 

FEDERAL

The following are some of the legislative initiatives or prospective legislation affecting pro-life advocacy being considered by the federal government during the 115th congress:

PAIN CAPABLE UNBORN CHILD PROTECTION ACT —  HR36  would prohibit abortion after 20 weeks from fertilization in order to protect pain-capable unborn children from excruciating deaths. There are exceptions when abortion is necessary to save the life of the mother or to avert a serious risk of substantial and irreversible impairment of a major bodily function. THIS BILL HAS EXCEPTIONS FOR RAPE AND INCEST.   This bill is the same as one passed by the house during the 114th congress that failed to obtain the necessary votes to pass the Senate.  The bill passed the house and is now in the senate Judiciary committee.  Right to Life of Northeast Ohio does not actively support this bill unless the rape and incest exceptions are removed. To read the Executive Director of Right to Life of Northeast Ohio’s commentary on this bill, CLICK HERE.
 
NO TAXPAYER FUNDING FOR ABORTION/ABORTION FULL DISCLOSURE ACT —  HR7/S184   makes permanent the prohibition on the use of federal funds, including funds in the budget of the District of Columbia, for abortion or health coverage that includes abortion. The prohibitions in this bill, and current prohibitions, do not apply to abortions in cases of rape or incest, or where a physical condition endangers a woman’s life unless an abortion is performed.   HR7 passed the house and is now in the senate finance committee.  Right to Life of Northeast Ohio does not actively support this bill unless the rape and incest exceptions are removed. 
 
LIFE AT CONCEPTION ACT —  HR681/S231   declares that the right to life guaranteed by the Constitution is vested in each human being at all stages of life, including the moment of fertilization, cloning, or other moment at which an individual comes into being. Nothing in this bill shall be construed to authorize the prosecution of any woman for the death of her unborn child. The senate version adds a further statement that says the bill does not include a prohibition on invitro fertilization, or a prohibition on use of birth control or another means of preventing fertilization.   HR681 is currently in a House Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitution and Civil Justice; S231 is currently in the Senate Judiciary Committee.  Right to Life of Northeast Ohio supports only HR681, the house version of the act. 
 
SANCTITY OF HUMAN LIFE ACT —  HR586  states that the right to life guaranteed by the Constitution is vested in each human being, and is the paramount and most fundamental right of a person; and the life of each human being begins with fertilization, cloning, or its functional equivalent, irrespective of sex, health, function or disability, defect, stage of biological development, or condition of dependency, at which time every human being shall have all the legal and constitutional attributes and privileges of personhood; and the Congress affirms that the Congress, each State, the District of Columbia, and all United States territories have the authority to protect the lives of all human beings residing in its respective jurisdictions.   HR681 is currently in a House Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitution and Civil Justice. While this bill has no exceptions for rape and incest, there is some concern about the bill’s wording, especially the words “functional equivalent”. Right to Life of Northeast Ohio prefers to support HR681 rather than this bill.
 
PROTECTING LIFE AND TAXPAYERS ACT —  HR853   requires federally funded entities to certify that they will not perform, and will not provide funds to any other entity that performs, an abortion, except in cases of rape or incest or where a physical condition endangers the woman’s life unless an abortion is performed. This applies to a hospital only if the hospital funds a non-hospital entity that performs abortions.  This bill is currently in the House Committee on Energy and Commerce subcommittee on health. Right to Life of Northeast Ohio does not actively support this bill unless the rape and incest exceptions are removed.
 
TITLE X ABORTION PROVIDER PROHIBITION ACT —  HR217  prohibits family grants from being awarded to any entity that performs abortions, and for other purposes. THIS BILL HAS EXCEPTIONS FOR RAPE AND INCEST. HR217 is currently in the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Health. Right to Life of Northeast Ohio does not actively support this bill unless the rape and incest exceptions are removed.

DEFUND PLANNED PARENTHOOD ACT —  HR354 prohibits, for a one-year period, the availability of federal funds for any purpose to Planned Parenthood Federation of America, Inc., or any of its affiliates or clinics, unless they certify that the affiliates and clinics will not perform, and will not provide any funds to any other entity that performs, an abortion during such period. This restriction does not apply in cases of rape or incest or where a physical condition endangers a woman’s life unless an abortion is performed.  HR354 is currently in the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Health. Right to Life of Northeast Ohio does not actively support this bill unless the rape and incest exceptions are removed.

PROTECT FUNDING FOR WOMEN’S HEALTH CARE ACT —  S241 prohibits federal funding of Planned Parenthood Federation of America or its affiliates, subsidiaries, successors, or clinics. It further states that State and county health departments, community health centers, hospitals, physicians offices, and other entities currently provide, and will continue to provide, health services to women. Such health services include relevant diagnostic laboratory and radiology services, well-child care, prenatal and postpartum care, immunization, family planning services including contraception, sexually transmitted disease testing, cervical and breast cancer screenings, and referrals.  Many such entities provide services to all persons, regardless of the person’s ability to pay, and provide services in medically under served areas and to medically under served populations. All funds no longer available to Planned Parenthood will continue to be made available to other eligible entities to provide women’s health care services. HR241 is currently in the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions. Right to Life of Northeast Ohio supports this bill.

PRENATAL NONDISCRIMINATION ACT (PRENDA)—  HR147  imposes criminal penalties on anyone who knowingly or knowingly attempts to: (1) perform an abortion knowing that the abortion is sought based on the sex, gender, color or race of the child, or the race of a parent; (2) use force or the threat of force to intentionally injure or intimidate any person for the purpose of coercing a sex-selection or race-selection abortion; (3) solicit or accept funds for the performance of such an abortion; or (4) transport a woman into the United States or across a state line for the purpose of obtaining such an abortion.  HR354 is currently in the House Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitution and Civil Justice. Right to Life of Northeast Ohio supports this bill.

BORN ALIVE ABORTION SURVIVOR’S PROTECTION ACT—  S220  would enact an explicit requirement that a baby born alive during an abortion must be afforded “the same degree” of care that would apply “to any other child born alive at the same gestational age,” including transportation to a hospital.  In addition, the bill applies the existing penalties of 18 U.S.C. Sec. 1111 (the federal murder statute) to anyone who performs “an overt act that kills a child born alive.” The bill also empowers women with a right to sue their abortionists and others for harm caused by violations of the act.  The companion bill in the U.S. House of Representatives is H.R. 4712.  The bill is currently in the senate Judiciary committee.  Right to Life of Northeast Ohio supports this bill.

CONSCIENCE PROTECTION ACT— S301 beefs up federal conscience protections for health care providers who face an increasingly frequent use of coercion by various levels of government to compel participation in providing abortion.  The bill would prohibit any level of government from discriminating against health care providers, including doctors, nurses, hospitals, and insurers, who decline to participate in abortions.  In addition, it would empower victims to seek relief in court for violations of the federal conscience laws.  The House companion bill is H.R. 644.  The bill is currently in the senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions committee.  Right to Life of Northeast Ohio supports this bill.

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Defund Planned Parenthood

Defunding Planned Parenthood in Ohio 

About Federal Funds

The United States has federal grant programs to be used for family planning services and critical preventive health services to clinics who service millions of low income or uninsured individuals.  For low- to moderate-income patients, there is a sliding fee scale for access to grant services, which include breast and pelvic exams, Pap smears and other cancer screenings, HIV testing, pregnancy testing and counseling, and affordable birth control.  The federal grant funds can be allocated to any clinic that provides family planning services to poor and low-income patients, and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services reports that there is at least one of these federally funded clinics in around three quarters of all U.S. counties.   However, no federal funds can be given to any clinic or organization to use for abortions, or if the facility uses abortions as a method of birth control.

Most of these federal grant funds are given to the states to distribute.   In Ohio, there is a priority list for who receives these funds, and Planned Parenthood is at the top of the list to the detriment of facilities across the state that need these funds so there would be easier access for women to receive care in more locations.    Most Planned Parenthood facilities are located in poor, urban areas, and there is not convenient access for women in outlying areas.

What does Ohio propose?

In February, 2013, an amendment was introduced into HB59 (the Ohio budget bill).  This amendment proposes to re-prioritize the distribution of public funds received from the federal government that are used for family planning services. It would require these funds be distributed through a tiered system and that each tier must be fully funded before subsequent tiers receive any funds.  The top tier consists of eligible public health entities that provide family planning services, including community health clinics and similar health facilities operated by state, county, or local government entities.  After this tier is fully funded, the bill permits the funds to be awarded to nonpublic entities in the following order of descending priority:

  • Federally qualified health centers;
  • Nonpublic entities that provide comprehensive primary and preventive care services in addition to family planning services;
  • Nonpublic entities that provide family planning services, but do not provide comprehensive primary and preventive care services.

With this bill, Planned Parenthood moves to the end of the line for receiving public funds through the State of Ohio. The possibility of there being any funding left by the time the state gets to their place in line is so highly unlikely, that this bill essentially defunds Planned Parenthood without saying “we’re defunding Planned Parenthood.”  Essentially, the bill prioritizes state family planning funding to entities that best provide comprehensive health care to women and away from entities that perform abortions like Planned Parenthood, the nation’s largest abortion provider.  It also allows for much greater access to health care for women since there will be a larger number of facilities in locations throughout the state that can be more easily accessed rather than in primarily urban area.

The bill passed the Senate on June 6, 2013 and was signed into law by Governor Kasich on July 1, 2013.

In February of 2016, Governor John Kasich signed HB294 which requires that the Department of Health ensure that state funds and certain federal funds are not used either to perform or promote elective abortions or to contract or affiliate with any entity that performs or promotes elective abortions.  This removed approximately $1.3 million dollars in addition funds that Planned Parenthood received for things like studying infant mortality….a ridiculous thing for them to do because they’ve publicly stated that the answer to infant mortality is to increase abortions.  There are still millions received by Planned Parenthood through the state’s contract them for Medicaid.  This funding can stop by executive order from the governor, but to date he has not cancelled it.  Planned Parenthood says that if they lose their federal funding that women will have no access to comprehensive health care.  This is a complete lie.  There are over 600 alternative for comprehensive health care for women and families in Ohio (that do NOT perform abortions) a vast number of locations as opposed to Planned Parenthood’s 28 locations in Ohio.  If Planned Parenthood was defunded, these well-deserving alternatives would receive the desperately needed funds. UPDATE:  U.S. District Court Judge Michael Barrett issued a temporary restraining order to block this law from taking effect. Planned Parenthood of Greater Ohio and Planned Parenthood of Southwest Ohio sued in federal court May 11, arguing the state efforts to defund the organization punished the organization for advocating and participating in a “constitutionally protected right”. 

Why is Ohio and many other states proposing bills to defund Planned Parenthood?

As stated previously, no federal funds can be given to any clinic or organization to use for abortions, or if the facility uses abortions as a method of birth control.  In May, 2017,  Planned Parenthood Federation of America (PPFA) released it latest Annual Report for 2015-16.  Here is some of the information included in the report:

  • PPFA performed a total of 328,348 abortions during this time period, and increase of almost 4500 children killed
  • They served about 100,000 fewer clients than the previous fiscal year–about a 4% drop
  • While abortions increased, adoption referrals, breast exams, prenatal care, cancer prevention and contraceptive services declined.
  • PPFA reports that treated 2,073 clients with “miscarriage care”.   This is actually referring to the clients that they provided with medication abortions!  While the pills they gave to these women to kill their unborn child were given at the facility, the actual death of the child did not occur on the premises.  The “miscarriage care” is followup to medication abortions.
  • The amount of taxpayer funds they received increased, even though they saw less clients.
  • PPFA had an excess of revenue of $77.5 million (in other words, this billion dollar non-profit organizations profited $77.5 million during that time).
  • Nearly half of the total PPFA budget comes from tax payer dollars in the form of government funding.

Planned Parenthood is the nation’s largest abortion provider.   Planned Parenthood nationwide received $554.6 million in federal funding during fiscal year 2015-16.    In Ohio, the CEO of Planned Parenthood Federation of Ohio stated in testimony before the House Health and Aging committee that the federal money received from the state accounts for only 7-10% of their budget.1

While abortion is legal in the United States, it is not health care, and pregnancy is not a disease that needs to be eradicated.   The statistics above, taken directly from Planned Parenthood Federation of America’s annual report, are a clear indication that abortion is a method of birth control.   Since federal funds may not be distributed to any organization that uses abortion as a method of birth control, then Planned Parenthood should not qualify for the funds.   The funds that are going to Planned Parenthood should be given to more facilities in a wider area to provide greater access to health care for a larger number of clients.

The 2015-16 Planned Parenthood Annual Report: Filled With Deceptions!

Right to Life of Northeast Ohio recorded a series of 6 videos to point out just a few of the many deceptions in the Planned Parenthood 2015-16 Annual Report.  Click on the pictures below to watch the videos. (To view or print a copy of the 2015-16 Planned Parenthood annual report, click here.)

True or False?
Planned Parenthood clinics should not be defunded because through their comprehensive educational programs in prevention, they have reduced the number of abortions.2

FALSE: The rates of government funding received by Planned Parenthood and the number of abortions it performs increase at nearly parallel rates. The Guttmacher Institute (formerly part of Planned Parenthood) states in one of its many studies that abortion rates are reduced when public funding is restricted.

Planned Parenthood says that only 3% of their services are abortion “care”.

FALSE: This is probably the most deceptive of all Planned Parenthood marketing ploys. If abortion “care” really only represented 3% of its services, then Planned Parenthood lies when they say they must close down due to lost profits after state pass tighter health and safety regulations concerning abortion. View the video below produced by Students for Life to see the real truth.

Through Planned Parenthood’s family planning services, they provide quality and safe sex education programs both at their clinics and in many schools and school systems in order to foster a healthy lifestyle.        

FALSE:    We guess this one is going to have to depend on what you consider quality to be.  If you’re looking for anything that remotely contains morality, responsibility or values, you’re going to have a hard time.   Just click on the link below and watch the video below, and make sure there are no young children nearby that can hear or see this.

 

The focus of Planned Parenthood is not on abortion.   It is on family planning and critical preventative health services such as mammograms, for low income or uninsured individuals.   

FALSE :   Planned Parenthood does NOT perform mammograms.  Approximately, 1 in 4 abortions performed in the United States are now performed at Planned Parenthood facilities. According to the PPFA 2009-2010 Annual Report, none of the more than 800 Planned Parenthood “health centers” provided any true adoption assistance. In 1997, 9,381 women were referred to other agencies for adoption assistance. By 2010, that number had dropped to 841 women. While referrals for adoption assistance declined the number of abortions performed increased. During 1997, 165,174 abortions were performed; however, by 2010 the PPFA abortion business has dramatically increased to 329,445 abortions performed. Planned Parenthood now commits approximately 390 abortions for every adoption referral. Abortion is clearly the number #1 choice for Planned Parenthood.  Planned Parenthood also plans to expand their abortion business. According to press reports, PPFA has recently mandated that all of its regional affiliates must provide abortions by the end of 2013.

Planned Parenthood believes in the fundamental right of each individual, throughout the world, to manage his or her fertility, regardless of the individual’s income, marital status, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, age, national origin, or residence.  Related to this, Planned Parenthood follows all state and local laws with respect to parental involvement.

FALSE    Planned Parenthood says that laws that mandate parental involvement only victimize teens; they do not prevent them from obtaining abortions.  Instead, these laws, some which contain judicial bypass provisions, increase the delays teens experience in receiving services, simultaneously increasing the physical and emotional health risks, as well as the costs.4  Some Planned Parenthood affiliates have exhibited a pattern and practice of willfully violating and circumventing duly-enacted parental involvement laws, including those in Ohio.  In many cases,  there was no notification to parents or law enforcement in suspected cases of child abuse, child molestation, sexual abuse, rape or incest.5

View the videos released by the Center for Medical Progress in which Planned Parenthood admits to using a procedure similar to the illegal partial birth abortion technique to provide intact fetal body parts for a fee:

CLICK HERE to view the video released 7/14/15

CLICK HERE to view the video released 7/21/15

CLICK HERE to view the video released 7/28/15

CLICK HERE to view the video released 7/30/15

CLICK HERE to view the video released 8/4/15

CLICK HERE to view the video released 8/12/15

CLICK HERE to view the video released 8/19/15
The 8th video was only a trailer for the next one

CLICK HERE to view the video released 8/25/15

CLICK HERE to view the video released 8/30/15
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CLICK HERE to view the video released 9/1/15

CLICK HERE to see the unreleased videos put out by hackers on 10/20/15

CLICK HERE to view the video released 10/27/15

CLICK HERE to view the video released 3/1/16

CLICK HERE to view the video released 3/29/17

CLICK HERE to view the video released 4/29/17

 An additional video was released in May, 2017, but has been blocked by a California Judge.  This video reveals several Planned Parenthood abortionists admitting to harvesting aborted baby parts for revenue.

CLICK HERE to view the video released 10/24/17

CLICK HERE to view the video released 11/7/17

We need to support laws which ban the funding of Planned Parenthood from receiving our hard earned federal tax dollars!

CLICK HERE to view the alternatives to Planned Parenthood available in the Akron/Canton area.

     Here are the resources for the alternatives to Planned Parenthood:

  1. For Community Action Agencies: Development Services Agency, http://development.ohio.gov/cs/cs_caa.htm.
  2. For Free Clinics:  visit ohiofreeclinics.org
  3. For County, City and Local Health Departments: Ohio Department of Health, “Ohio’s Health Department Profile and Performance Database,” https://odhgateway.odh.ohio.gov/LHDInformationSystem/Directory/GetLHDReport.
  4. For Community Health Centers: visit Ohio Association of Community Health Centers, “About OACHC,” http://www.ohiochc.org/displaycommon.cfm?an=1&subarticlenbr=178
  5. Statewide Hospitals spent $989 million in free charity care in 2011. Read the January 2014 Columbus Dispatch story or read the Ohio Hospital Association’s 2013 Community Benefit Report:

CLICK HERE to read the testimony submitted to the House Finance and Appropriations committee on HB59 by RTLNEO executive director Denise Leipold.

CLICK HERE to read the testimony submitted to the House Community and Family Advancement committee on HB294 by RTLNEO executive director Denise Leipold

CLICK HERE to read the testimony submitted to the Senate Finance committee on HB59 by RTLNEO executive director Denise Leipold.   (CAUTIONcontains graphic attachments that we consider pornographic in nature from educational material supplied to children by Planned Parenthood.)

CLICK HERE to read the full copy of The Case for Investigating Planned Parenthood

CLICK HERE to read an article about Planned Parenthood in the Schools

CLICK HERE to read Executive Director Denise Leipold’s 11/14/12 letter in the Akron Beacon Journal

CLICK HERE to read Executive Director Denise Leipold’s 10/12/15 letter to the Akron Beacon Journal

CLICK HERE to read Executive Director Denise Leipold’s 8/28/18 testimony to Summit County Council regarding a proposed resolution to express opposition by the council to the proposed rule changes to Title X funding of Planned Parenthood.  To read the proposed legislation, click here.  To read the rebuttal e-mail sent to council after the resolution passed committee, click here.

1 Stephanie Kight, President and CEO of Planned Parent Advocates of Ohio, opponent testimony to Ohio HB298  in response to questions from the Ohio House Health and Aging Committee, 11/14/2012.

2 Dr. Kimberly Shepherd, opponent testimony for Ohio HB298, page 3, paragraph 2; 11/14/2012.

3 Michigan Right to Life “Planned Parenthood’s Abortion Agenda”, www.rtl.org/prolife_issues/PlannedParenthoodagenda.htm

4Planned Parenthood Fact Sheet, “Pregnancy & Childbearing Among U.S. Teens”, 2010.

5The Case for Investigating Planned Parenthood, Appendix VII, Americans United for Life, 7/7/2011.

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