© 2024 WOSU Public Media
Play Live Radio
Next Up:
0:00 0:00
Available On Air Stations

Planned Parenthood Closes Two Ohio Clinics Over Title X Changes

A sign is displayed at Planned Parenthood of Utah Wednesday, Aug. 21, 2019, in Salt Lake City.
Rick Bowmer
Associated Press
A sign is displayed at Planned Parenthood of Utah Wednesday, Aug. 21, 2019, in Salt Lake City.

Two Planned Parenthood offices in the Cincinnati area are closing their doors following the Trump administration’s Title X “gag rule.”

Kersha Deibel, president and CEO of Planned Parenthood Southwest Ohio, says the Western Hills and Springdale locations are closing as a result of fallout over the Trump administration’s rule that Title X grant recipients cannot talk about abortion.

“Both of our health centers provide vital, preventative health care services – STI testing, cancer screenings, birth control – to nearly 6,000 people a year,” Deibel says.

The Department of Health and Human Services announced in July it wouldbegin enforcing the rulebanning federal dollars from going to health providers that refer patients for abortions, as well as a requirement that clinics maintain separate finances from faciliites that provide abortions.

As a result, Planned Parenthood of Greater Ohiosaid it could no longer providebirth control, HIV and STD testing, and other services with federal money from the Title X grant program. The organization said that more than 60,000 low-income Ohioans received health screenings and birth control with the help of those funds.

Mike Gonidakis of Ohio Right To Life says it is encouraging news that Ohio women are leaving Planned Parenthood and securing health care elsewhere.

Deibel says neither of the two closing locations provided abortion services, but their patients can still access care at the Cincinnati health center where abortions are provided.

Jo Ingles is a professional journalist who covers politics and Ohio government for the Ohio Public Radio and Television for the Ohio Public Radio and Television Statehouse News Bureau. She reports on issues of importance to Ohioans including education, legislation, politics, and life and death issues such as capital punishment.