NECN.com, May 16, 2012 by AP
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Advocates for Planned Parenthood centers in Ohio have packed a legislative hearing to show opposition to a measure that would send them to the back of the line to receive family planning money.
Opponents say it will largely cut or altogether eliminate funding for Planned Parenthood. Anti-abortion groups have praised the idea.
It’s unclear how much traction the proposal will get in the Republican-controlled Ohio House. A House finance committee stripped a similar plan from a budget bill last month.
Lawmakers were to hear testimony Wednesday from opponents and supporters.
The measure calls for eligible public entities or other community health groups that help uninsured and underinsured women to receive money from the state departments of Health and Job and Family Services before other providers like Planned Parenthood.