Victory! Planned Parenthood just announced they are closing two facilities in Greater Cincinnati. The Springdale and Western Hills centers will be closed officially by October 1st! This is after Planned Parenthood recently made their abortion priorities clear by leaving Title X and giving up about $60 million after President Trump made a requirement for women to receive full information about life-affirming options. Ohio has already defunded Planned Parenthood which shows the continued hard work of pro-lifers and Ohio Students for Life groups! Although these two facilities did not commit surgical abortions, they did refer women to abortion facilities and hand out Plan B, which can act as an abortifacient. Regardless, any Planned Parenthood closure is a victory.
Planned Parenthood’s tweet:
Planned Parenthood thinks that Ohioan women need them. I’m not heartbroken that these facilities are closing; I am heartbroken because women believe the lie that they need abortion or Planned Parenthood to feel secured and valuable. There are so many better resources for women at federally qualified health centers that are low cost AND provide higher quality women’s healthcare. Students across Ohio campuses are working to change these perceptions and educate peers about FQHCs.
Last semester, many Ohio student groups were able to share the truth about Planned Parenthood on campus. Not only do they end over 911 lives each day, but they don’t provide quality care or even clean and safe environments. As other non-abortion services steadily decrease at Planned Parenthood, their priorities are made clear. In Ohio, over 40% of people changed their minds after visiting our displays, saying they no longer trusted Planned Parenthood.
Here is one set of results from Xavier University (a Catholic school) in Cincinnati just twenty minutes from the closing Planned Parenthoods. My students and I are working for a day when women feel empowered, loved, and supported to choose life and reject a narrative that they need abortion or Planned Parenthood.