Court upholds Ohio’s pro-life law


The 6th Circuit Court of Appeals upheld an Ohio law that prevents state funding to organizations like Planned Parenthood which performs abortions. Four judges nominated by President Trump joined the majority opinion.

The law, passed by the state legislature and signed by Republican Gov. John Kasich in 2016, prohibits the Ohio Department of Health from providing funds distributed through six government-sponsored programs to organizations that perform nontherapeutic abortions.

The measure was challenged in federal district court by two regional Planned Parenthood chapters, which argued it imposed an unconstitutional condition on government funding in violation of the First and 14th Amendments….

In an 11-6 ruling, the full 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals reversed a ruling from the lower court and ruled against two Planned Parenthood affiliates that challenged the law. The Cincinnati-based court found the measure does not violate the Constitution and ruled the affiliates “do not have a due process right to perform abortions.”