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Planned Parenthood Decision Could Affect Thousands In Ohio

Aug 19, 2019

Planned Parenthood office on the west side of Columbus.
Credit Ohio Public Radio

Planned Parenthood says it will no longer provide birth control, HIV and STD testing and other health services with federal money known as Title X funds.

The group says it cannot comply with what they call a gag rule that just went into effect that prohibits its doctors from talking about abortion with their patients. Ohio Public Radio's Jo Ingles has more.

Lillian Williams with Planned Parenthood of Greater Ohio says more than 60,000 low income Ohioans get health screenings and birth control with the help of Title X funds.

 

“The subsidy allows us to provide services for patients at no cost, up to 100% of poverty. Without that funding, those, quote, unquote, fully subsidized services won’t be available.”

 

Williams says Planned Parenthood is the only Title X provider in nine Ohio counties. She says the organization will continue to serve patients on Medicaid and with private insurance. But Williams says this change will also prevent mobile clinics in Cuyahoga County from going to low income communities to provide health education and testing for HIV, STDs and pregnancy.