Planned Parenthood vs. State of Ohio

By Kianna Chevalier

Judge Kavanaugh’s fall confirmation is rapidly approaching, reigniting the conversation around abortion making groups like Planned Parenthood nervous. In Ohio, a critical court battle is underway that may well make its way to the Supreme Court, and could prove an early test for a newly-minted Justice Kavanaugh.

The Ohio case questions Planned Parenthood’s access to funding which PP claims will not be used for abortion-related services. Recently, Planned Parenthood sued the state of Ohio claiming it violated their right to perform abortions while Ohio and Pro-Life groups argue that PP is not entitled to government funds. This intense court fight in a key battleground state is potentially destined for the Supreme Court, where Brett Kavanaugh may make all the difference.  

The legal strategists at Americans United for Life have been involved in every pro-life case appearing before SCOTUS since Roe v. Wade. Most recently, AUL filed an amicus brief in the sixth circuit case (Planned Parenthood of Greater Ohio v. Himes) against Planned Parenthood.

Rachel Busick, Staff Counsel for Americans United for Life (AUL), says,

“Americans United for Life filed a “friend of the court” brief in Planned Parenthood of Greater Ohio v. Himes, urging the full Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals to uphold an Ohio law that conditions funding under six health care programs on not performing or promoting abortion. AUL’s brief explained that the “right to abortion” created by the Supreme Court in Roe v. Wade does not contain a right to provide abortions or receive government funding. AUL supports the right of Ohio to choose who it wants to do business with and where it wants to allocate its state funds—including the choice not to subsidize abortion businesses.”


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