Senate Bill 145, passed in 2018 and signed by Gov. John Kasich, would penalize doctors who perform a common second-trimester abortion method. Physicians could face a fourth-degree felony, punishable by up to 18 months in prison, for the procedure. To block the law from taking effect, Planned Parenthood and Women’s Med Center of Dayton filed a lawsuit on Thursday in the U.S. District Court in Cincinnati. The complaint alleges that Ohio’s law would violate the due process rights of women seeking abortions.
In the Cincinnati Enquirer: “Limiting the options available to medical professionals is not only foolish, it’s dangerous,” said Kersha Deibel, president and CEO of Planned Parenthood Southwest Ohio Region, in a statement. “The law we challenge today is just another blatant attempt to ban safe, legal abortion one restriction at a time.”
In the Columbus Dispatch: Iris E. Harvey, president and CEO of Planned Parenthood of Greater Ohio, said, “Ohioans have a right to work with their doctors and choose the best medical procedure for them without interference from Ohio lawmakers. The method ban compromises medical decision-making, undermines patients’ constitutional right to access safe, legal abortion, and dangerously limits people’s options.”