Defunding Planned Parenthood Ruled Constitutional in Ohio
For Immediate Release
March 12, 2019
Contact: Meg Wittman, Executive Director
In an 11-6 vote today, the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that it is indeed constitutional for the state of Ohio to defund Planned Parenthood. This bill will protect $1.5 million taxpayer dollars from going to the abortion giant that kills over 300,000 babies each year in our country.
“Even though this ruling withholds only a small amount of money relative to the total amount Planned Parenthood receives from the state, it bears real significance for future rulings. It is well within the confines of the state to decide who gets public funding.”
In 2016, Judge Michael Barrett sided with Planned Parenthood against the law defunding Planned Parenthood. Now, that ruling has been overturned by a federal court of law.
According to Judge Jeffrey Sutton in the 11-6 majority opinion: “Private organizations do not have a constitutional right to obtain governmental funding to support their activities. The state also may choose not to subsidize constitutionally protected activities. Just as it has no obligation to provide a platform for an individual’s free speech, say a Speaker’s Corner in downtown Columbus, it has no obligation to pay for a woman’s abortion. Case after case establishes that a government may refuse to subsidize abortion services.”
“The Supreme Court has never identified a freestanding right to perform abortions,” Sutton continued. “To the contrary, it has indicated that there is no such thing. … Medical centers do not have a constitutional right to offer abortions. Yet, if we granted Planned Parenthood relief today, we would be effectively saying that they do.”
Governor DeWine, Mike DeWine commented on the ruling, saying, “We’ve always felt the state had the right to set policy on who is funded and who is not funded. I’m pleased with the decision.”