AG DeWine Request Granted
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, June 22, 2018 (Cincinnati, OH): Yesterday, the U.S. 6th Circuit Court of Appeals granted Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine’s request to hear ‘en banc’ (by the entire court) the prior ruling by a three judge panel which earlier determined eliminating state funds for Planned Parenthood unconstitutional.
“While Planned Parenthood may claim this grant money is not used for abortion, their primary business is indeed abortion. And, abortion is not healthcare,” says Meg Wittman, Executive Director of Cincinnati Right to Life. “If our taxpayer dollars are being used to improve women’s health, then those funds should be granted to the dozens of pregnancy care centers all over the state who offer free services like pregnancy tests, ultrasounds, material assistance, parenting classes, post-abortive counseling, and much more.”
In February 2016, Ohio Governor John Kasich signed House Bill 294 which redirects state administered grants – approximately $1.3 million – away from Planned Parenthood and other abortion providers in the state of Ohio. In May 2016, Planned Parenthood of Ohio and Planned Parenthood of Southwest Ohio (which includes its surgical abortion headquarters on Auburn Ave. in Cincinnati) filed suit in federal court to block the law from being enforced, and consequently the law was found unconstitutional by Judge Timothy Black. A three judge panel of the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals upheld the ruling. As such, taxpayers have continued to underwrite these grant projects for the abortion industry.
Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine appealed the decision in April of this year. Yesterday, the full court agreed to hear the case.
States are permitted by federal law to withhold federal family planning dollars from facilities that provide abortion. The law does not affect Medicaid reimbursements, a large source of government funding, which still goes to this leading abortion chain.