NARAL’s The Morning After is a production of NARAL Pro-Choice Ohio.
This week, Gabe, Jaime and Randi discuss Ohio Supreme Court Justice Sharon Kennedy, who participated in a fundraiser for Right to Life of Greater Toledo this morning. This creates a conflict of interest with upcoming cases.
Two cases involving abortion providers will come before the state Supreme Court this year. Toledo’s last abortion clinic, Capital Care Network of Toledo, is challenging the state’s transfer agreement requirements. Separately, Cleveland abortion clinic Preterm is challenging abortion restrictions added into the 2013 state budget as violations of Ohio’s single-subject requirement for legislation.
In a release, NARAL Pro-Choice Ohio Executive Director Kellie Copeland said:
Justice Sharon Kennedy should recuse herself from any case related to legislation that was proposed and supported by the anti-abortion groups that endorsed her candidacy, to avoid any appearance of impropriety.
By participating in an organization’s fundraising event, Justice Kennedy has cast serious doubt on her ability remain impartial. Ohioans must be able to have faith in their government’s protection of rights without bias.