Ohio Court Ruling Demonstrates Why Congress Should Stop Planned Parenthood's Taxpayer Money Grab

Dec 10, 2010, 10:58 ET from Family Research Council

WASHINGTON, Dec. 10, 2010 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Wednesday, Ohio Judge Jody Luebbers ruled that Planned Parenthood failed to comply with state abortion laws and thereby caused a young Planned Parenthood client significant psychological and emotional harm.

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The young girl, who was fourteen at the time of the abortion, became pregnant by her 22 year-old soccer coach. Planned Parenthood did not report suspected child abuse, nor did they provide the mandatory counseling session (including offering different options) 24 hours before the abortion was scheduled. Still pending in the case is a decision about Planned Parenthood's potential violation of state parental notification laws, as well.

Family Research Council President Tony Perkins made the following comments:

"Judge Jody Luebbers stood up to the nation's largest abortion provider, ruling that Planned Parenthood defied state laws by not reporting suspected child abuse and not providing a mandatory counseling session – including offering pregnancy options – 24-hours prior to the abortion.  Despite these kinds of abuses, Planned Parenthood is a billion-dollar-a-year organization, raking in approximately $350 million annually in state and federal grants.  

"Once again, we see how Planned Parenthood has failed to protect the health and safety of women. And as we can see from this case, procuring an abortion is more important to Planned Parenthood than following the law on something as important as protecting young women from sexual predators.

"Isn't it time to stop taxpayer funding of such a group?  We call on the new Congress to act quickly on legislation introduced by Rep. Mike Pence (R-IN), the Title X Abortion Provider Prohibition Act, a bill that would prohibit Title X family planning dollars being awarded to groups that provide abortion as family planning, such as Planned Parenthood."

SOURCE Family Research Council