Judge rejects Ohio law to cut Planned Parenthood funds over abortion

The Planned Parenthood abortion business is not happy the state of OH approved legislation to permanently ban any taxpayer funding for the abortion corporation.

- A federal judge says Ohio's health department must consider a grant application from Planned Parenthood as a law that seeks to divert public money away from the organization is being challenged.

The Ohio law targets the more than $1.4 million in funding that Planned Parenthood gets through the state's health department. But the funds in question weren't for abortion, but for programs including cancer screenings, STD prevention, reduction of infant mortality, and sexual health education.

In his decision, U.S. District Judge Michael Barrett said stripping the state's Planned Parenthood of funding would cause "irreparable injury".

In 2015, the Republican Party launched an aggressive campaign to defund and effectively dismantle the organization for its abortion services.

While Barrett acknowledged that OH could legally establish a policy that favored childbirth over abortion and that it could (as it has done) bar use of public funding on non-therapeutic abortion procedures, the programs hit by this state law have nothing to do with abortion. But the state's attorneys say OH gets to choose how to spend the public's money.

The defense has also asked the judge to notify them before the state hospital takes any steps to force medicate Dear.

"There is nothing within the scope of these programs related to performing abortions", Judge Barrett wrote.

A federal judge has blocked an OH law that diverts public money from Planned Parenthood.

[Planned Parenthood's] attorneys argued the law was unconstitutional because it required, as a condition of receiving government funds, that recipients abandon their constitutionally protected rights to free speech and to provide abortion services.

The wrinkle in this case is that it's already illegal for Planned Parenthood to spend any money it receives from the state on abortion.

"This law would have been especially burdensome to communities of color and people with low income who already often have the least access to care - this law would have made a bad situation worse", said Iris E. Harvey, president and CEO of Planned Parenthood of Greater Ohio.

Barrett's decision Friday cites those arguments - as well as the discontinuation of Planned Parenthood's teenage counseling program on healthy relationships - as reason that there is no "adequate remedy" available under law.

That's because the law didn't just target Planned Parenthood.

Barrett from U.S. District Court for Southern District of Ohio, Western Division, ruled Fridfay the Republican-backed law changes finalized earlier this year were unconstitutional, violating the First and 14th amendments.

3 things Man United, Liverpool and Arsenal taught us today
Islamic State group announces new Boko Haram leader