It’s a move being celebrated by conservatives and pro-lifers everywhere. And it could help save the lives of thousands of unborn babies.
Gov. John Kasich signed legislation Sunday to strip government money from Planned Parenthood in Ohio, meaning not another red cent of federal funds will head toward the country’s largest abortion provider’s coffers in the Buckeye State.
The legislation targets the roughly $1.3 million in funding that Planned Parenthood receives through Ohio’s health department.
It prohibits such funds from going to entities that perform or promote abortions, their affiliates and those that contract with an entity that performs abortions.
The bill doesn’t name Planned Parenthood, but backers of the legislation have acknowledged the organization will be the most affected. They want the money to go to health centers and other providers that do not perform abortions.
Lawmakers approved the legislation Feb. 10, but Kasich’s office did not receive it until Thursday.
The measure follows an outcry among abortion opponents around the country after the release of secretly recorded videos by activists alleging that Planned Parenthood sold fetal tissue to researchers for a profit in violation of federal law.
Three of Planned Parenthood’s locations in Ohio provide abortions, and thanks to Gov. Kasich’s pen stroke Sunday they’re now excluded from receiving anymore federal funds in Ohio.
The Associated Press contributed to this article.