Cecile Richards warns of 'devastating consequences'
Planned Parenthood CEO Cecile Richards now finds herself arguing without a hint of irony that “devastating consequences” will be inflicted upon newborns without government funds going into its coffers.
The nation’s largest abortion provider said Monday that a pro-life bill signed by Ohio Gov. John Kasich will have dire effects on mothers and their children. The new law will prohibit over $1 million of state funds from going to any group that performs or advocates for abortion.
“This legislation will have devastating consequences for women across Ohio,” Richards said in a statement, CNN reported Monday. “John Kasich is proudly eliminating care for expectant mothers and newborns. He is leaving thousands without vital STD and HIV testing, slashing a program to fight domestic violence, and cutting access to essential, basic health care.”
The Republican presidential hopeful’s spokesperson, Joe Andrews, said Richards’ claims are a non-issue because funding will be provided to existing organizations that can fulfill those needs.
“The Ohio Department of Health has at least 150 other sub-grantees and contractors for the affected grants and projects addressing such issues as newborn babies, infant mortality, expectant mothers, violence against women, and minority HIV/AIDS,” Andrews said, the network reported. “ODH will reallocate funding from ineligible providers under the new law to other currently eligible providers, ranging from local health departments and community organizations to hospitals and universities. These organizations will be required to submit proposals in order to receive funding.”