NARAL’s The Morning After is a production of NARAL Pro-Choice Ohio.
This week, Randi, Jaime, and Gabe discussed several Ohio lawsuits currently pending, and one that just found closure. Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine was ordered to pay $45,000 to the legal team representing Planned Parenthood. DeWine accused Planned Parenthood of mishandling fetal tissue (they weren’t) and threatened to enforce a vague law (he couldn’t). The lawsuit was settled this week.
In a different case, U.S. District Judge Michael R. Barrett will hear arguments in his Cincinnati courtroom over whether the temporary restraining order that keeps the Planned Parenthood defunding law from taking effect should be made permanent. The order was extended to August 5, 2016.
Also pending are three other cases affecting reproductive rights in Ohio.
- In Toledo, Capital Careis challenging the constitutionality of Ohio’s transfer agreement requirement.
- In Dayton, Women’s Med Centerand PPSWO have a case challenging the process for the state to grant variance requests (these are the way clinics could work around transfer agreements by working directly with doctors instead of hospitals).
- In Cleveland, Pretermis challenging John Kasich’s 2011 state budget for violating the requirement that all bills be single-subject.
NARAL Pro-Choice America ran radio ads in several states asking voters to contact their US senators, including Ohio’s Rob Portman.
Finally, we’re watching the US Supreme Court for a decision in Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt. The case could affect abortion restrictions in Texas, the Southwest, or the whole country… or the court could send it back to Texas for more research.
NARAL Pro-Choice Ohio will be joining Freedom of Choice Ohio coalition partners at ComFest. You can volunteer in our booth. Register here.