Ohio House passes bill to deny funds to Planned Parenthood

A member of the New York Police Department stands outside a Planned Parenthood clinic in the Manhattan borough of New YorkBy Kim Palmer CLEVELAND (Reuters) – Ohio state legislators on Wednesday passed a bill blocking state and federal funds for groups that perform or promote abortions, effectively cutting $ 1.3 million annually used by Planned Parenthood clinics for HIV testing, pre-natal care and other programs. Governor John Kasich, a Republican presidential candidate, is expected to sign the bill, which the state Senate had already passed. Planned Parenthood said the bill would hinder lower-income women's access to testing for sexually transmitted diseases, HIV tests and well-baby programs.

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