Ohio took a significant step toward cutting federal funds to Planned Parenthood this week, with House Republicans adding an amendment to a budget bill that would effectively redirect funds away from the family-planning organization. The move infuriated state Democrats, with Senator Nina Turner telling The Daily Beast, "It's a social, racial, and economic attack. Most of the women who are affected are poor, or black, or brown. It's becoming a sin in this country to be poor and female." The amendment, added to a midterm budget bill on Tuesday, doesn't specifically name Planned Parenthood, but it restructures federal funding in a way that would make Planned Parenthood and other nonprofit specialized family-planning centers the lowest priority for funds. Read more. (04/19/12)
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