In Ohio, the Columbus City Council has voted unanimously to pass a legislative package that would award $1 million to pro-abortion organizations, including Planned Parenthood, in order to fund abortion access.
The legislative package includes a $1 million Education and Access Fund aimed at both continuing to mislead people on the safety of abortion and fetal development, as well as to pay for the abortions of underprivileged women, which helps motivate them to choose abortion over life.
“That million dollars will go toward things like travel, lodging, child care, lost wages — financial barriers that get between a person and the abortion that they need,” said Liz Brown, president pro tempore of Columbus City Council. She said the goal is to help low-income women and minority women have abortions.
The City will also, according to Planned Parenthood of Greater Ohio, “De-prioritize enforcement of abortion ‘crimes’ by directing prosecutors and law enforcement to not share information or surveil residents’ reproductive health care choices.”
In other words, the Columbus City Council wants the police to ignore any abortion-related crimes, putting women at an increased risk of injury caused by dangerous or negligent abortionists.
But to ensure women truly feel abortion is their only option, the City also plans to investigate pregnancy resource centers, which have helped hundreds of thousands of women to choose life for their babies with confidence in the last 50 years, providing them with access to health care, housing, material goods (such as baby gear, diapers, and clothing), as well as daycare and educational opportunities.
In addition to Planned Parenthood, which will receive $500,000, the Ohio Women’s Alliance, Pro-Choice Ohio, and Abortion Fund of Ohio will also receive funding from Columbus. Pro-Choice Ohio will receive $26,500 to “help the city understand the kind of ‘false and misleading information’ that might be coming from pregnancy distress centers and other clinics….”
Beth Vanderkooi, executive director of the Greater Columbus Right to Life, criticized the decision to funnel money to pro-abortion groups. “This is just too extreme, it is too rushed, and it is too much of an overstep,” she said.