March 16, 2019

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Positivity: Federal Court Upholds Ohio Law Defunding Planned Parenthood

Filed under: Life-Based News,Positivity — Tom @ 5:55 am

From Columbus, Ohio, via Life News:

MAR 12, 2019, 12:32PM

In a major pro-life victory today, a federal court has upheld an Ohio law that defunds Planned Parenthood, which runs approximately one-third of the abortion centers in the Buckeye State.

After the Planned Parenthood abortion company was caught in multiple states selling aborted babies and their body parts, several states took steps to de-fund it and Ohio became the 10th state at the time to take steps to end or cut Planned Parenthood funding. Then Ohio Governor John Kasich signed the pro-life bill into law.

Planned Parenthood runs three abortion centers in the state and every Planned Parenthood clinic refers women for abortions.

Tuesday, a federal court gave pro-life Gov. Mike DeWine the ability to enforce the defunding law (excerpted from the Columbus Dispatch):

In a decision written by Judge Jeffrey Sutton, the court struck down a ruling last year by a three-judge panel of the same appeals court that concluded the law was unconstitutional.

The ruling by full the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals was 11-to-6. As state attorney general last year, DeWine had asked the full court to consider the case after decision by the three-judge panel.

Sutton, Ohio’s former state solicitor, wrote that the Ohio law does “not violate a woman’s right to obtain an abortion. It does not condition a woman’s access to any of these public health programs on refusing to obtain an abortion.”

“It makes these programs available to every woman, whether she seeks an abortion or not,” Sutton wrote. “Nor, on this record, has there been any showing that the Ohio law will limit the number of clinics that offer abortions in the state.”

The Planned Parenthood abortion company was required to show that the law somehow burdened women’s health but it was not able to prove that was the case, since plenty of legitimate medical centers exist that provide non-abortion health care for women. …

Go here for the rest of the story.