Thursday, August 3rd in Cincinnati
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, August 2, 2017 (Cincinnati, OH): Thursday, August 3rd, the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals (Judges Eugene Siler, Eric Clay, and Helene White) is scheduled to hear Case 1:16-cv-00539 Planned Parenthood of Greater Ohio v. Lance Himes, Potter Stewart Courthouse, 100 East Fifth Street Cincinnati, Ohio, Room 607 – 6th Floor West Courtroom, 9:00 A.M. session, 2nd on docket.
In this case, Planned Parenthood of Ohio and Planned Parenthood of Southwest Ohio (which includes its surgical abortion headquarters on Auburn Ave. in Cincinnati) are petitioning the Court to uphold an Ohio federal court’s decision that the state cannot cut some of its federal taxpayer funds because they do abortions.
“If Planned Parenthood wants to destroy unborn babies and their mothers’ emotional and physical well-being, then let those who support this deadly mission provide the funds,” said Paula Westwood, Executive Director, Right to Life of Greater Cincinnati. “Abortion is not healthcare, and we oppose our tax dollars and our government underwriting any abortionists’ agenda.”
February 22nd, 2016 Ohio Governor John Kasich signed House Bill 294 (lead sponsors Representatives Bill Patmon and Margy Conditt) to block abortionists in Ohio from qualifying for five federal funding programs administered by the Ohio Department of Health.
The bill redirects state-administered grants-approximately $1.3 million-away from Planned Parenthood and other abortion providers.
Planned Parenthood filed suit May 11, 2016 in federal court to block the law from being enforced. Judge Michael Barrett granted Planned Parenthood a temporary stay then permanent injunction, thus the law has not been in effect and Planned Parenthood has operated as usual.
Planned Parenthood says the cuts would not close any of its 28 facilities in Ohio, but would reduce funds for some non-abortion programs. The law does not affect Medicaid reimbursements, a large source of government funding, which still goes to this leading abortion chain.
Planned Parenthood is represented in this case by Jennifer L. Branch and Alphonse A. Gerhardstein of Gerhardstein & Branch Co. LPA, Helene Krasnoff and Carrie Y. Flaxman of the Planned Parenthood Federation of America, and Paul R.Q. Wolfson, Kimberly A. Parker, John B. Sprangers, Alan E. Schoenfeld, Stephanie Simon and Michelle Nicole Diamond of WilmerHale.
The state is represented by State Solicitor Eric E. Murphy, Deputy Solicitor Hannah C. Wilson and Assistant Attorneys General Ryan L. Richardson and Zachery P. Keller.