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· October 11, 2013
ACLU Files Suit to Halt Abortion Provisions
On Wednesday, the ACLU filed suit in the Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court to halt the abortion related provisions that were added to the state budget. The litigation was filed on behalf of Preterm, a Cleveland area women’s health clinic. The suit makes the claim that the law change violates a state constitutional provision which prohibits lawmakers from placing unrelated issues into a single law. The suit has asked the Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court to issue a permanent injunction blocking the provisions, but it’s likely that any decisions will soon work its way up the Ohio Supreme Court.
The defendants listed in the suit are Gov. John Kasich; Attorney General Mike DeWine and the Ohio Department of Health, charged with enforcing it; and members of the Ohio State Medical Board. Mike Goniddkis, President of Ohio Right to Life, is also a board member of the Ohio State Medical Board.