Ohio Law That Cut Planned Parenthood Funding Blocked by Federal Court

(From The Washington Examiner)

A federal appeals court blocked an Ohio law that stripped Planned Parenthood affiliates of taxpayer funding it received for non-abortion services.

In its ruling Wednesday, a three-judge panel on the Cincinnati-based 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals upheld a ruling from a lower court judge that enjoined the law, which targets entities that perform or promote abortions.

Signed by Ohio Gov. John Kasich in February 2016, the measure was supposed to be enacted in May 2016. But Planned Parenthood of Greater Ohio and Planned Parenthood of Southwest Ohio Region sued the state and called for the law to be blocked.

The two Planned Parenthood affiliates claimed the measure violated their First Amendment rights by denying them federal and state money “because of — and in retaliation for — their constitutionally protected advocacy for abortion rights and affiliation with other organizations that also advocate for abortion rights and/or provide abortion services.”

The Planned Parenthood chapters argued the law violated the Equal Protection Clause because it singled out abortion providers and those who promote abortions “for unfavorable treatment.”

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