Ohio Planned Parenthood Supporters Feel Like They’ve Been ‘Put On Mute’
Gov. John Kasich recently signed a bill prohibiting taxpayer dollars to go to agencies that promote or perform abortions, and those speaking out against the legislation say no one will listen to them. Meanwhile, in Kansas, women struggle to find preventive care after state shutters Planned Parenthood clinics.
The Columbus Dispatch:
Planned Parenthood Supporters In Ohio Say They’re Being Ignored
Gov. John Kasich signed the legislation on Feb. 21. It doesn’t name Planned Parenthood specifically, but it prohibits taxpayer dollars from going to agencies that promote or perform abortions. Planned Parenthood in Ohio stands to lose about $1.3 million in mostly federal funds that it had used to reduce infant mortality, provide breast and cervical cancer screenings, prevent teen pregnancy, reduce violence against women and provide testing for HIV and other sexually transmitted diseases, the organization says. (Price and Viviano, 2/28)
Heartland Health Monitor:
For Women In Rural Kansas, A Longer Drive Can Mean Less Health Care
At a domestic violence shelter in Hays, director Tiffany Kershner sits with a client in a small meeting room. Leyila, 35, who asks that only her first name be used to protect her privacy, recently left an abusive marriage. Today she’s hoping she can get an appointment with an OB-GYN, but Kershner knows that’s no easy task in Hays. (Honig, 2/26)