FEDERAL COURT OVERTURNS LOWER COURT RULING, ALLOWS OHIO LAWMAKERS TO PUNISH DOCTORS FOR PROVIDING ABORTION CARE BASED ON PATIENT’S REASON
The full Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals issued an en banc ruling today, reversing a 2018 district court and a 2019 Sixth Circuit three judge panel decision in Preterm v. McCloud, upholding an Ohio law banning abortion if the doctor performing the procedure learns the patient is obtaining an abortion based on a Down syndrome diagnosis.
Today, an Ohio judge granted a two-week temporary restraining order that blocks the enforcement of the telemedicine abortion ban in the state for now.
Today, an Ohio judge granted a preliminary injunction, temporarily halting enforcement of a fetal tissue disposal requirement which was signed into law by Governor DeWine in December of last year.
"Safe, legal abortion is already extremely difficult to access for people in this state, particularly for Black people, people of color, LGBTQ+ people, people with low incomes and people living in remote areas. Telemedicine is a widely used method of providing care. By singling out and excluding abortion services, the state makes clear that the intent of this law is not better health care for Ohioans..."
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