Ohio Right to Life, Planned Parenthood watch funding battle closely

COLUMBUS, Ohio (WCMH) — Planned Parenthood president Cecile Richards went before Congress today to fight off attempts to defund the organization.

“The outrageous accusations leveled against Planned Parenthood, based on heavily doctored videos, are offensive and categorically untrue,” said Richards during her testimony.

Stephanie Kight, president and CEO of Planned Parenthood of Greater Ohio, said she was appalled at how Richards was treated.

“The whole hearing was a travesty. A group of mostly men, who were rude, talked over her. Representative Jim Jordan interrupted her 19 times,” said Kight.

Kight calls the recent attempts to defund the organization an attack on women and another attempt to cut vital services like STD testing, breast screenings and other preventative treatments.

“We are going to do what we do every time we have a fight like this,” said Kight. “We are going to ask the men and women of Ohio to call their representative, call the governor and let them know that Planned Parenthood is a trusted health care provider.”

But Ohio Right to Life President Mike Gonidakis said taxpayers shouldn’t be forced to foot the bill for abortions.

They support the current effort to take away more than one million dollars in state funding Planned Parenthood receives.

“They get 500 million dollars a year in federal dollars. We think that’s too much for a corporation. Ohio Right to Life is a corporation and we get zero dollars from the federal government,” said Gonidakis.

Gonidakis said Richards’ inability to answers tough questions under oath is telling.

“The large number of abortions, she didn’t realize how many abortions were taking place,” he said. “And questions were being asked about where all the money was going that they were receiving from taxpayers and she couldn’t answer those questions.”

The fight to keep its funding may be heating up, but Kight said it is business as usual.

“We’re open and seeing patients every day. Don’t let the defunding story scare you.”

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