An appeals court upholds cuts to Planned Parenthood funding in Ohio

An appeals court upholds cuts to Planned Parenthood funding in Ohio

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ABORTION OPPONENTS have railed against Roe v Wade, the Supreme Court ruling recognising a right to abortion, ever since it was handed down in 1973. Roe remains the law of the land 46 years later, but the anti-abortion movement has found increasing success in pushing for measures that chip away at it. Bans on so-called “partial birth” (or, in medical terms, “dilation-and-extraction”) abortion, onerous clinic regulations and forced ultrasounds are a few of the ways states have made inroads against Roe . Another tactic is to stanch the flow of funds to Planned Parenthood, the largest provider of abortions and reproductive services in America. For decades, the law has blocked public funding of elective abortions. But conservative legislators in many states are now keen to take that rule one huge step further: barring all government dollars to organisations that deal in abortion, even if the funding is for public-health programmes that have nothing to do with terminations. Along these lines, Ohio passed a law in 2016 barring its health department from sending any preventive health funding to organisations that perform or promote—or affiliate with organisations that perform or promote—“nontherapeutic abortions”. The law was quickly blocked in federal district court as a violation of the federal constitution. But on March 12th, a federal appeals court reversed the district court and gave the law its blessing. Get our daily newsletter The majority opinion in Planned Parenthood of Greater Ohio v Hodges by Judge Jeffrey Sutton of the Sixth Circuit Court of […]

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