Ohio has cut funding for Planned Parenthood from the state’s annual budget. Now, they’re instead planning to increase funding for crisis pregnancy centers.
Prior to a federal appeals court upholding an Ohio law that stripped funding from Planned Parenthood, the organization received $1.5 million annually.
Last week, the state Senate passed legislation that includes $5 million in funding for more than 200 crisis pregnancy centers. This increase is five times what it had been prior to the appeals court ruling that allowed the state to defund Planned Parenthood.
Senate President Larry Obhof called this the first opportunity the Republican-controlled state has had to invest more heavily into CPCs.
The majority of these pro-life centers serve women in low-income situations.
Many pro-choice advocates are highly critical of CPCs and claim that they provide misleading advice and incomplete care. Last Week Tonight host John Oliver even dedicated an episode of his weekly show to exposing how many CPC’s operate.
Critics say that CPCs often have anti-choice agendas and can be manipulative of the women they claim to serve.
As for Ohio’s increased funding for these centers, the budget must now go to the House. Then it will need to be signed by Ohio Governor Mike DeWine before June 30.