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Ohio lawmakers consider family planning funds bill

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - The chairman of an Ohio House committee says he expects the panel to approve a bill that would send Planned Parenthood to the back of the line for public family-planning money.

The Health and Aging Committee is slated to vote Wednesday afternoon. The measure then would go to the full House.

Protesters in pink t-shirts chanted "Hear us now!" as they packed the hall outside the committee's meeting.

The director of NARAL Pro-Choice Ohio said Republicans in the Statehouse were ignoring the message sent by women with last week's election of Democratic President Barack Obama.

Chairman Lynn Wachtmann said the measure would simply give other quality providers of women's health care a chance at some government funds.

Republican Senate President Tom Niehaus said his caucus is mulling the bill.

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