View Full Version : Federal Court Upholds Ohio Law Barring State Agencies From Funding Planned Parenthood

03-12-2019, 07:58 PM
A federal court upheld an Ohio law barring state agencies from funding abortion organizations Tuesday, ruling that abortion providers don’t have a constitutional right to perform abortions.
The United State Court of Appeals for the 6th Circuit ruled Tuesday (https://assets.documentcloud.org/documents/5766213/3-12-19-6th-Circuit-Planned-Parenthood.pdf) in Planned Parenthood of Greater Ohio et al. v. Hodges to place a permanent injunction on state funds going to support Planned Parenthood.
The ruling upheld a 2016 state law barring its health department from funding organizations that perform, promote, or contract with affiliates that perform or promote non-therapeutic abortions. The court also wrote in its decision that Planned Parenthood doesn’t have a constitutional right to perform abortions.
The court found that while Ohio cannot condition a benefit that requires recipients to sacrifice their constitutional rights, “that condition does not violate the Constitution because the affiliates do not have a due process right to perform abortions,” the decision reads. “The Supreme Court has never identified a freestanding right to perform abortions,” the ruling also states.

The court also ruled that Ohio’s law doesn’t violate a woman’s right to obtain an abortion. Federal and state law already prohibits public funds from going towards organizations that perform abortions.
Tuesday’s ruling comes after Republican Ohio Gov. John Kasich signed a bill (https://dailycaller.com/2018/12/23/ohio-ban-dismemberment-abortion/) in December banning dilation and evacuation abortions, a common second-trimester abortion method. Kasich vetoed a bill (https://dailycaller.com/2018/11/21/john-kasich-hearbeat-bill-veto/) banning abortion upon the presence of a fetal heartbeat in late November after vetoing (https://www.cleveland.com/open/index.ssf/2016/12/gov_john_kasich_vetos_anti-abo.html) a similar “heartbeat bill” in 2016.
Planned Parenthood (https://dailycaller.com/2019/03/01/planned-parenthood-dark-culture-demise/) did not immediately respond to The Daily Caller News Foundation’s request for comment.

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