Mistake loses Planned Parenthood $5 million in funding in Ohio
Cincinnati, OH, July 29, 2011 (LifeSiteNews.com) – A Planned Parenthood affiliate in Ohio has lost $5.05 million – or 12 % of its overall budget - over the next five years after they filed an incomplete application for the funding.
Planned Parenthood of Southwest Ohio has 90 employees at nine locations, but says it does not plan layoffs as a result of the mistake, and will strive to make up the difference with private donations.
The finding that the abortion giant’s application was incomplete was, however, questioned by Laurie Housemeyer, director of public affairs for Planned Parenthood.
“That is hard to believe,” Housemeyer said. “We have a very thorough and qualified grant writer.”
In response the organization has announced that patients will have to pay for services that were previously free.
Ohio Right to Life has pointed out, however, that Planned Parenthood patients have the option of going to local health departments instead, which provide all the non-abortion services for low-income people that Planned Parenthood covers.
The Cincinnati Health Department operates six primary health centers in neighborhoods identified with uninsured and underinsured Cincinnati residents. Each center offers services including Adult Medicine, Pediatrics, Obstetrics and Gynecology, plus on-site Laboratory and Pharmacy services.
Right to Life of Greater Cincinnati Executive Director Paula Westwood pointed out to LifeSiteNews that Planned Parenthood of Southwest Ohio has been troubled in recent years, with two lawsuits being filed alleging cover-up of statutory rape.
In 2007, an Ohio teenager launched a lawsuit against Planned Parenthood affiliates in Cincinnati for failing to report to authorities that she was a victim of incest. Then, last December, a county judge ruled that a Planned Parenthood of Southwest Ohio abortionist failed to follow informed consent protocol in the case of a girl who was being statutorily raped by her soccer coach.
On July 13, Ohio lawmakers introduced legislation that will redirect millions in state funding away from abortion providers like Planned Parenthood to local health departments and community health centers.
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