Columbus — Lawyers for multiple Ohio abortion clinics have filed a motion requesting a temporary restraining order against politically-motivated attacks on abortion access.

NARAL Pro-Choice Ohio Executive Director Kellie Copeland said: “Abortion is essential, time-sensitive health care. Denying or delaying abortion care places an immediate burden on patients and their families as well as on the health care system, and can have profound and lasting consequences. It is inexcusable that anti-choice obstructionists, like Ohio Right to Life president and State Medical Board member Mike Gonidakis, are using this pandemic crisis to further their crusade to close abortion clinics. My heart is with all of the clinic staff and their patients as they face the anxiety and confusion created by these political attacks.”

Copeland continued, “By going to court today, Ohio’s abortion providers are standing up for their patients and the communities they serve to ensure that patients who need an abortion can still get one. The court should recognize this political interference for what it is—a callous attack on people in need of abortion care. The courts should allow clinics to continue to provide time-sensitive and essential services to their patients.”

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