Columbus Planned ParenthoodCOLUMBUS, OH – Today, U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH) joined Planned Parenthood of Greater Ohio to host a roundtable discussion in Columbus with healthcare providers and patients as the Trump Administration is pulling funding from Ohio healthcare facilities that provide cancer screenings and other critical care.

Earlier this year, the Trump Administration announced it would be blocking Title X funding for healthcare organizations who give patients medically relevant information about their care and the full range of reproductive healthcare options. In 2017, Title-X funded healthcare providers served more than 98,000 Ohioans and 4 million people nationwide.

“Once again, the Trump Administration is trying to take health care away from Ohioans, by pulling funding from Ohio health facilities that nearly one hundred thousand Ohioans rely on,” said Brown. “It’s time for old, white men in Washington and in courtrooms to stop trying to limit women’s health care options.”

Brown was joined at the roundtable discussion by Iris E. Harvey, President and CEO of Planned Parenthood of Greater Ohio and Planned Parenthood Advocates of Ohio, and local healthcare providers and patients who have benefitted from the Title X program to talk about the importance of the funding to Ohio and to call on the Trump Administration to reverse its harmful decision.  

“Planned Parenthood would like to thank the patients that bravely share their stories about the impact that changes to the Title X program will likely have on their health, their families, and their communities. Ohioans need to support more policy makers at the local, state, and federal level that honor their commitments to protect access to health care for every member of our communities regardless of their age gender identity, ethnicity, sexual orientation, immigration status, or religion,” said Harvey.

Title X helps healthcare providers deliver important health services to Ohioans, including cancer screenings, STI screenings and other preventive services.