AKRON, Ohio (AP) -- A divided Akron City Council in northeast Ohio has passed a resolution opposing a legislative proposal intended to cut federal funding to dozens of Planned Parenthood centers.
The Akron Beacon Journal (http://bit.ly/HYACQY ) reports council members debated the issue Monday and voted 8-4 to oppose the measure being considered in the Republican-led Legislature. The resolution to be sent to lawmakers and Gov. John Kasich (KAY'-sik) says the proposed change would hurt women's health in Ohio.
The proposal calls for other community health groups that help uninsured and underinsured women to receive federal money before abortion providers like Planned Parenthood.
Some Democratic lawmakers have criticized the proposal, calling it a political ploy in an election year that's part of the ongoing national debate on abortion.
Anti-abortion groups have praised the idea.
Information from: Akron Beacon Journal, http://www.ohio.com