On Feb. 21, Republican Gov. John Kasich of Ohio, a current presidential candidate, signed legislation to strip more than $1 million in funding from Planned Parenthood.
The bill blocks $1.3 million in federal grant funding that Planned Parenthood receives through Ohio's Health Department from going towards organizations that perform or promote abortions. The money, however, had never actually gone towards abortions, since state and federal laws already prohibit taxpayer funds from being used to pay for abortions, the Associated Press reports. The only exception to this rule is in instances of incest, rape or to save the life of the mother. The $1.3 million had instead gone towards HIV and STD testing, breast and cervical cancer screenings and other services.
"Gov. Kasich should be ashamed for claiming he is invested in the fight against infant mortality while simultaneously defunding one of the best programs in the state for young mothers and their children," Planned Parenthood spokeswoman Amelia Hayes said, according to the AP.
Kasich previously enacted a law that banned late-term abortions in his state. He has been a longtime opponent of abortion and federal funding of abortions, Time magazine notes.