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Abortion access preserved in Southwest Ohio

Injunction against abortion restrictions allows Cincinnati and Dayton providers to remain open
CINCINNATI, OH – U.S. District Judge Michael Barrett issued a preliminary injunction against Ohio's abortion law, and allowed the Women’s Med Center in Dayton and Planned Parenthood Southwest Ohio Region in Cincinnati to remain open. Attorney Jennifer Branch has filed a federal lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of abortion restrictions in the two most recent state budgets: House Bill 59 (2013) and House Bill 64 (2015). The lawsuit sought today’s preliminary injunction on implementation of House Bill 64’s automatic suspension and 60-day provisions.

NARAL Pro-Choice Ohio Executive Director Kellie Copeland offered the following statement: "The courts have put a stop to efforts to close more abortion clinics by the state’s gerrymandered legislature and our politically hungry governor. One in three women in Ohio gets an abortion. It’s their choice and their right. The state budgets signed by Gov. John Kasich disrespect women who need abortion care.

"The challenged restrictions are all medically-unnecessary. Transfer agreements and license application restrictions do not improve patient care in any way. In fact, the abortion restrictions signed by Gov. Kasich make it harder for women to access safe care from a doctor. They are bad policies and bad politics.”

House Bill 59 (2013) included the following restrictions on abortion:

  • Banned public hospitals from having "transfer agreements” with abortion providers
  • Banned rape counselors from discussing abortion
  • Defunded Planned Parenthood
  • Required women to receive biased information before an abortion
  • Required a forced ultrasound before an abortion
  • Created a program to support Crisis Pregnancy Centers

House Bill 64 (2015) included the following restrictions on abortion:

  • Required a 30-mile limit on transfer agreements
  • Required a denial on abortion license applications after 60 days
  • Eliminated coverage on a Medicaid family planning program
  • Funded Crisis Pregnancy Centers with $1,000,000 of tax dollars


Contact: Kellie Copeland 216-283-2180

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