Planned Parenthood of Greater Ohio v. Hodges

Ohio distributes gov’t money to nonprofits to address public health issues, but the money cannot go to any organization that provides or promotes “nontherapeutic abortions.” (The money has long been prohibited from directly funding abortions.) Sixth Circuit (last year): Which is not OK, as it requires the surrender of constitutional rights to participate in an unrelated gov’t program. Sixth Circuit (en banc): Nay nay. There is no freestanding right to perform an abortion, only the right of a woman to obtain one. Because this law affects only the former, no one is forced to sacrifice constitutional rights to obtain funding, and the law stands.

Tags: 2019, Abortion, Funding, Sixth Circuit

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