Judge Who Blocked Ohio Ban on Abortions of Babies With Down Syndrome Was a Planned Parenthood President

State   |   Micaiah Bilger   |   Mar 17, 2018   |   8:13AM   |   Columbus, Ohio

Pro-life advocates are calling out the bias of a federal judge who struck down an Ohio non-discrimination law that bans abortions on unborn babies with Down syndrome.

U.S. District Court Judge Timothy Black issued a preliminary injunction against the law Wednesday, arguing federal law is “crystal clear” that states may not prohibit abortions before viability.

While the ruling drew widespread attention, few mainstream news outlets mentioned that Black has very strong ties to Planned Parenthood, one of the groups challenging the law.

Black is a former director and president of the abortion chain’s Cincinnati affiliate. Pro-abortion President Barack Obama appointed him to the bench.

In 2014, Black recused himself from another lawsuit involving the abortion chain, WOSU Radio reported at the time. However, he did not recuse himself from the current case.

Paula Westwood of Right to Life of Greater Cincinnati, talked with One News Now about the connection:

According to Westwood, the secular media is ignoring one aspect of the judge’s decision – an aspect that pro-family/pro-life media outlets are not ignoring.

“… This judge is a former director and then president of Planned Parenthood here in Cincinnati,” she states.

Westwood notes that there are times when judges, federal or otherwise, recuse themselves from cases to avoid even the slightest hint of bias – but pro-abortion Judge Black, she points out, chose not [to] do so.

According to the Daily Caller, Black volunteered as director of the Planned Parenthood Association of Cincinnati from 1986 to 1989 and president in 1988.

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Last year, Ohio legislators passed a law to prohibit abortions when done specifically because an unborn baby has been diagnosed with Down syndrome. Later, Planned Parenthood and the ACLU filed a lawsuit against the state.

“It is a shame that an organization that claims to be the very biggest and best at defending victims of discrimination completely disregards the most vulnerable members of our society who are being discriminated against,” Mike Gonidakis, president of Ohio Right to Life, said at the time.

Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine’s spokesman said they are reviewing Black’s ruling and are considering an appeal.

Unborn babies with Down syndrome are targeted for abortions at astronomical rates.

A recent CBS News report shocked the nation with its exposure of the discriminatory abortion trend. According to the report, nearly 100 percent of unborn babies who test positive for Down syndrome are aborted in Iceland. The rate in France was 77 percent in 2015, 90 percent in the United Kingdom and 67 percent in the United States between 1995 and 2011, according to CBS.

North Dakota and Indiana also protect unborn babies with Down syndrome from discriminatory abortions. Earlier this week, Pennsylvania lawmakers introduced legislation to do the same.