Republican Gov. John Kasich this week vowed to sign a measure to defund Planned Parenthood in Ohio, and Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) admitted that most people disagree with his anti-choice position on abortion exceptions.
The funds will be redirected to about 200 health-care facilities, but pro-choice advocates don’t think those health centers could fill the gap left by Planned Parenthood’s defunding.
Cruz has been a vocal proponent of defunding Planned Parenthood, which provides millions of people with access to contraception.
The move is part of Republican lawmakers’ conservative agenda designed to “send a message to voters.”
Ohio has one of the highest infant mortality rates in the country, with especially elevated rates among Black and Hispanic infants, according to the Kaiser Family Foundation.
Like many across the country, an investigation in Kansas found that Planned Parenthood was not involved with the illegal sale of fetal tissue.
Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback said he would cut off Medicaid funding for the state’s Planned Parenthood. The move would deprive the organization of about $61,000.
President Obama is expected to veto the legislation, but the move nonetheless details the priorities of the House as it enters the new year and marks the first time such a measure has reached his desk.
The ruling is the latest effort by federal courts to protect the reproductive health-care provider from Republican political attacks.
The decision cuts off nearly $600,000 in annual federal funding for HIV testing and counseling, condom distribution, and referrals for new patients.