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YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio - Planned Parenthood says a push to defund them by a Republican-backed bill that was approved by the Ohio House could ultimately threaten the life-saving health care that 100 thousand turn to every year including many right here in the Mahoning Valley.

As Ohio state lawmakers work to hammer out a new state budget, a provision is included that would put Planned Parenthood on the bottom of the food chain when it comes to receiving federal block grant dollars. Money that is specifically earmarked for family planning agencies like Planned Parenthood.

"It's really about how it impacts the women we serve," explains Stephanie Kight, president & CEO of Planned Parenthood of Greater Ohio, "and right about now the cuts the state is considering could take health care away from 7,000 women in northern Ohio and another 7,000 young people and their parents who turn to us for sex education programs."

The bill will now head to the Senate for consideration.

Valley Democrat and Senator Joe Schiavoni tells 21 News he plans to meet with Planned Parenthood next week and wants to do everything he can to help them in this funding fight.

The state Senate is expected to consider the measure on Tuesday.

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