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Ohio House wades into restrictions on sex ed and family planning
Members of Planned Parenthood and Ohio Right for Life fight over a new addition to the state budget

Jo Ingles
State Sen. Nina Turner of Cleveland accuses the Ohio House of continuing a war on women.
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Advocates for Planned Parenthood are upset at House Republican leaders for a new addition to the two-year state budget. The proposal would re-prioritize federal funding for family planning in a way that would put the organization at the back of the line.

They also take issue with an amendment that would levy criminal fines for teachers who talk about gateway sexual activity, such as masturbation.
Stephanie Kight with Planned Parenthood says if the Ohio House allows these provisions to stay in the budget, many more young, Ohio women will end up with STD’s or unintended pregnancies.

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"When Texas tried a scheme like this, their costs of  providing care went up 15 percent. We don't have that kind of money in Ohio."

But John Coats, the head of Ohio Right to Life, says re-prioritizing federal funds would mean more health care services for more women in rural areas.

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Giving the money to Planned Parenthood is "like the fox guarding the hen house,” Coats said. “They say they want help women and yet, they provide abortion services.”

The bill to reprioritize funding failed in 2012. But the amendment to make it illegal for sex ed to include gateway sexual activity is new.

Republican House leaders say they will be taking a close look at both provisions in the coming hours before deciding whether to keep them in the budget.

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