Ohio Democratic Party Statement on 6th Circuit Ruling Against Planned Parenthood

COLUMBUS — The Ohio Democratic Party released the following statement from Chairman David Pepper in response to the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruling that the state of Ohio can take funding away from Planned Parenthood that provides “testing for HIV/AIDS and other STDs, Pap smears and other cancer screenings, infant mortality prevention programs and sexual health education programs.”

The majority of Ohioans oppose defunding Planned Parenthood, but that never stopped Mike DeWine, who has instead sided with anti-abortion extremists again and again,” said Ohio Democratic Party Chairman David Pepper. “DeWine claims to care about kids and families, but he continues to attack an organization that helps to prevent infant mortality, provide HIV testing, address domestic violence and more. Ohio taxpayers actually had to pay Planned Parenthood’s legal bill because of one of DeWine’s witch hunts against the health care provider. Today’s decision is a tragedy for Ohio women and their families, who are the ones who will be hurt by DeWine’s radical agenda.”