ACLU Suing Over Abortion Restrictions in Ohio Budget

Today, the Ohio ACLU announced a lawsuit challenging three abortion-related amendments passed in June as part of Ohio’s state budget bill. The suit alleges all three amendments violate the Ohio Constitution’s “single subject” rule and are therefore unconstitutional.

“To put it simply, none of these amendments have any place in the state budget bill,” said Susan Scheutzow, ACLU cooperating attorney and partner at the law firm of Kohrman Jackson & Krantz. “This massive bill is not intended to deal with new policy; the single subject of the budget should be the appropriation of funds for existing government programs or obligations.”

One of the amendments in question bans public hospitals from making transfer agreements with abortion clinics. Another requires clinics to present patients with evidence of a fetal heartbeat before performing an abortion.

The suit was filed on behalf of Preterm, a Cleveland women’s health clinic that provides contraception, birth control, pregnancy counseling, and abortion services.

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