Planned Parenthood

Greater Ohio


Members of the media can contact Diego Espino, Vice President of Community Engagement, at 614-271-6595 or Nicole Evans, Marketing Director, at 330-631-7843.

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Below, please find releases from Planned Parenthood of Greater Ohio, a 501(c)(3) health care provider. To find releases about legislative or political activity from our advocacy arm, please visit Planned Parenthood Advocates of Ohio. You will leave www.plannedparenthood.org and be directed to a website operated by an independent Planned Parenthood 501(c)(4) entity. You will be redirected to: http://www.ppao.org/Media.html


November 4, 2015

Testimony Highlights Real Dangers of Defunding Effort, As Ohioans Share Their Stories of Planned Parenthood

COLUMBUS—Ohioans gave testimony today against HB 294, the House version of the bill to defund Planned Parenthood.


Individuals from all over the state shared their stories of why Planned Parenthood is important and why taking away the services it provides would be ruinous to our communities. From patients, to staff, to supporters, all brought with them a consistent message: that Planned Parenthood is a vital reproductive health care provider for women and men in Ohio.


Carmen Winant, a Columbus resident, gave the following testimony in support of Planned Parenthood:


“The first time I came into Planned Parenthood I was a scared sixteen year old who did not want to have a child of my own; the second time I was an adult who did. In both cases, I was given fantastic heath care, treated with respect, professionalism and dignity by the doctors, nurses and receptionists, and not charged hand over fist for my care. I’m so grateful to this place, which does a service not only for women, but all citizens. Women needn’t feel shame about getting heath care and making choices about our bodies: we should celebrate and defend this right.


Kimberly Hardesty a Planned Parenthood Health Educator in Chillicothe spoke about the importance of the educational programs Planned Parenthood provides:


 “Dismantling this successful program Planned Parenthood has established is a disservice to my colleagues and the teens we serve. We are experts in the field of sexual and reproductive health. We provide medically accurate information to those whom we teach”

July 16, 2015

Planned Parenthood President Releases Video Response to Latest Smear Campaign

New York, NY – Today, Cecile Richards, President of Planned Parenthood Federation of America, issued a video in response to a heavily edited and secretly recorded videotape falsely portraying Planned Parenthood’s participation in tissue donation programs that support lifesaving scientific research.

To view Planned Parenthood’s video, see here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dZUjU4e4fUI&feature=youtu.be

A full transcript of the video is below:

Hello. I’m Cecile Richards, President of Planned Parenthood Federation of America.

Planned Parenthood provides a full range of health care services to millions of women, men, and young people every year, including cancer screenings, birth control, STD testing and treatment, and abortion. And we provide much more than health services – we support millions of people as they build their futures and pursue their goals.

Recently, an organization that opposes safe and legal abortion used secretly recorded, heavily edited videos to make outrageous claims about programs that help women donate fetal tissue for medical research.

I want to be really clear: The allegation that Planned Parenthood profits in any way from tissue donation is not true. Our donation programs – like any other high-quality health care providers – follow all laws and ethical guidelines. Over our 100-year history, we have continually engaged leading medical experts to shape our practices, policies, and high standards – and always will.

Our top priority is the compassionate care that we provide. In the video, one of our staff members speaks in a way that does not reflect that compassion. This is unacceptable, and I personally apologize for the staff member's tone and statements.

As always, if there is any aspect of our work that can be strengthened, we want to know about it, and we take swift action to address it.

Planned Parenthood stands behind our work to help women and families donate tissue for medical research when they wish to. It is always their decision.

I thank those women and families who have chosen tissue donation at some point in their lives. Your commitment to lifesaving research, developing treatments for diseases like Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s, is important and compassionate, and it should be respected – not attacked.

We know the real agenda of organizations behind videos like this, and they have never been concerned with protecting the health and safety of women. Their mission is to ban abortion completely and cut women off from care at Planned Parenthood and other health centers.

We will never let that happen.


July 16, 2015


COLUMBUS—Stephanie Kight, President and CEO of Planned Parenthood Advocates of Ohio, made the following statement today in response to the discredited accusations leveled against the organization:

“For 87 years, Planned Parenthood has served Ohio’s women with accessible, affordable and safe reproductive health care services. In doing so, we follow all regulations to ensure that we are operating within the scope of the law.”

“In accordance with the Ohio Revised Code, Planned Parenthood health centers in Ohio do not allow patients to donate tissue because it is explicitly prohibited by law.”

“We will not allow these accusations to knock us off course. We will continue our mission to fight on behalf of women’s reproductive health and women’s rights and provide women in Ohio with the services they need to live healthy and successful lives.”


Planned Parenthood Advocates of Ohio supports advocacy for women’s reproductive health and women’s rights, including grassroots organizing, community education, and lobbying.


July 1, 2015

The CDC Awards $4 Million Dollar Grant to Local Health Agencies for HIV Prevention Project

CLEVELAND, OH – July 1, 2015 – The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced this week that Recovery Resources, Care Alliance Health Center, and Planned Parenthood of Greater Ohio will receive a $4 million dollar grant over the next five years to implement evidence-based interventions designed to impact HIV prevention by reducing high-risk behaviors among young (ages 13-29) African American males. This funding effectively doubles the HIV prevention resources available in Cuyahoga County.

The partnership known as Cuyahoga County/Cleveland High-Impact HIV Prevention (CCHIHP) has identified Recovery Resources as the Lead Agency and Fiscal Agent for the project. Beginning in late 2015, the CCHIHP team will initiate a highly-targeted campaign to reach at-risk populations. The program increases community-based HIV testing via a mobile van, community outreach including social media and traditional marketing, and linkages to health care services for newly diagnosed individuals. This project includes evidence-based behavioral change models aimed at risk reduction and linkage to primary care for young, black, gay men. The project is estimated to provide 21 new jobs, and serve more than 30,000 people over its five-year duration.

According to HIV/AIDS surveillance records at the Cleveland Department of Public Health, approximately 200 county residents were newly diagnosed with HIV-only or HIV-with-AIDS in 2013, and African American males are disproportionately affected; 42 percent of all HIV cases in 2012-2013 diagnosed were among African American males ages 13-29.

Recovery Resources is one of the largest behavioral healthcare nonprofits in Northeast Ohio, providing a broad continuum of integrated behavioral healthcare in support of their mission of helping people triumph over mental illness, alcoholism, drug and other addictions. Their work with HIV/AIDS dates back to 1998, and includes case management for people living with HIV/AIDS; risk-reduction counseling services & assessments; HIV testing; and education and psychosocial support groups.

Care Alliance Health Center provides high-quality, comprehensive medical, dental, and behavioral health care, patient advocacy and related services to people who need them most, regardless of their ability to pay. Care Alliance is a Federally Qualified Health Center and the sole safety-net primary care provider in Cleveland dedicated to serving individuals experiencing homelessness and individuals living in or around public housing, and provides community and jail-based HIV Testing and Counseling and Early Intervention Services Case Management.

Planned Parenthood of Greater Ohio provides family planning services including HIV counseling, HIV and integrated Sexuality Transmitted Diseases testing and referral programs at three Health Centers in Cuyahoga County and throughout the City of Cleveland using Health Mobile, their HIV testing van. In addition, Planned Parenthood provides targeted testing services in partnership with the LGBT Community Center of Greater Cleveland. Its mission is to protect, promote and provide empowered health care for generations of women, men, and families across Ohio.

About Recovery Resources
Founded in 1955, Recovery Resources is celebrating 60 years of delivering outpatient mental health and addiction treatment, education, prevention and recovery support services to residents of Northeast Ohio. Its mission is to help people triumph over mental illness, alcoholism, drug and other addictions. Recovery Resources is accredited by CARF and the Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services, and is a contract agency of the Alcohol, Drug Addiction and Mental Health Services Board of Cuyahoga County. For more information about the services provided by Recovery Resources, visit us online at www.recres.org or call our offices at 216-431-4131.

About Care Alliance Health Center
Care Alliance Health Center is a Level 3 NCQA Patient-Centered Medical Home and non-profit, Federally Qualified Health Center that provides health care to low-income individuals and families living in Cleveland. Care Alliance was founded in 1985 as one of the original 19 Robert Wood Johnson Foundation/Pew Health Care for the Homeless pilot projects. Our mission is to provide high-quality, comprehensive medical, dental, and behavioral health care and related services to people who need them most, regardless of their ability to pay. Each year Care Alliance serves over 10,000 Clevelanders, most of whom are chronically ill and homeless. In April 2015, Care Alliance opened a state-of-the-art, LEED Gold-certified clinic in Cleveland’s Central Neighborhood with the capacity to care for 12,000 underserved individuals and deliver $6.4 million in annual community benefit. For more information about Care Alliance Health Center, please visit www.carealliance.org.

About Planned Parenthood of Greater Ohio
Planned Parenthood of Greater Ohio operates 20 health center locations in a 68 county region delivering vital reproductive health care, sex education, and information for tens of thousands of Ohio women, men and young people every year. Planned Parenthood promotes a commonsense approach to health and well-being based on respect for each individual’s right to make lifelong informed decisions about health, sexuality, and family planning. Planned Parenthood of Greater Ohio is an affiliate of the most trusted reproductive health care organization in the world, Planned Parenthood Federation of America. Planned Parenthood works to create a world where sexual and reproductive rights are basic human rights and where access to health care does not depend upon who you are. For more information about the services provided by Planned Parenthood of Greater Ohio, visit us online at www.ppgoh.org or call our offices at 614-224-2235.

Recovery Resources:
Pamela Gill, President & CEO, 216-431-4131 ext. 1208; [email protected]
Ayme McCain, Manager of Prevention Programs, 216-431-4131 ext.1206 [email protected]
Diane Tomer, Director of Development, 216-431-4131, ext. 2501 [email protected] 
Care Alliance Health Center
Evan Goldstein, Manager of Communications & Collaborations, 216-781-6228 x.263 [email protected]
Planned Parenthood of Greater Ohio
Nicole Evans, Marketing Director, 330-631-7843 [email protected]


March 7, 2014


Columbus, Ohio—Community leaders in Athens are hosting the 26th annual Chocolate & Champagne Affaire event to benefit the Planned Parenthood Athens Health Center. This event includes fabulous food, desserts, a raffle, and silent and live auctions and will be held Saturday, March 14 at the newly remodeled Nelson Commons on Ohio University’s South Green. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.

“We’re delighted that the Athens community is so supportive of our work for women, men, and families who rely on us for preventive care,” said Stephanie Kight, president and CEO of Planned Parenthood of Greater Ohio. “The funds raised will be invested in our Athens Health Center so that we can continue to provide life-saving cancer screenings, birth control, prevention and treatment of sexually transmitted infections, breast health services, Pap tests, and sex health education.”

Last year the Chocolate & Champagne Affaire raised more than $46,000 for Planned Parenthood services. Chaired by Katherine Furler, a member of the Athens Community Leadership Council, the event is expected to exceed that amount this year.

“Across Ohio this past year, numerous petitions have been signed in support of non-restricted health care for women, tens of thousands of people have been affected by Planned Parenthood health education and outreach programs, and hundreds of thousands of phone calls have been placed to elected officials. All of this work has been done in support of the idea that we all believe in: every person who needs the services of Planned Parenthood should be able to access this affordable health care resource,” said Furler. 

“Chocolate & Champagne is not only a beloved tradition for many Athens residents, but it is also a crucial part of the fundraising efforts for Planned Parenthood. All of the proceeds from this annual event will continue to support the many services offered by the Athens Health Center and continue our area’s longstanding tradition of working together to keep our community healthy.”

In addition to food and desserts provided by Nelson Commons, Chocolate & Champagne Affaire guests can enjoy champagne, coffee, and tea or make selections from a fully stocked cash bar. Raffle and auction items have been donated by local businesses and individual supporters. Tickets can be purchased online at ppgoh.org and are $60.00 per person. Call 440-453-3001 for more information.

January 17, 2014


January 2, 2014

Questions about HPV and cervical cancer answered

December 14, 2013


VIDEO - September 6, 2013


In 1929, Margaret Sanger addressed a men-only audience at the City Club of Cleveland to talk about the necessity of birth control. In 2007,Cecile Richards spoke to a much more diverse group about the value Planned Parenthood provides our communities. On Friday, September 6th,Stephanie Kight stood at the podium of the City Club of Cleveland to share the work that Planned Parenthood does for the women, men, and young people of Ohio and help others understand why we "Care. No matter what." She shared our business practices, our unwavering focus on quality, affordable health care, our commitment to comprehensive sex education, and our dedication to ensuring that Ohio women will maintain access to the health care they need, including safe and legal abortion care.

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