As anticipated, the Ohio abortion industry, led by Planned Parenthood, filed suit yesterday in U. S. District Court for the Southern District of Ohio Western Division, arguing Ohio’s law banning the dismemberment of living unborn children is unconstitutional. The law is scheduled to go into effect next month.
Former Gov. John Kasich signed the Dismemberment Abortion Ban in December 2018. S.B.145 had widespread support in the legislature– in the House (62-27] and the Senate (23-9). Ohio joined nine other states that ban this particularly hideous abortion technique:
1.) Kansas (2015) 2. Oklahoma (2015) 3. West Virginia (2016) 4. Mississippi (2016) 5. Alabama (2016) 6. Louisiana (2016) 7. Arkansas (2017) 8. Texas (2017) 9. Kentucky (2018). For more detail, go the NRLC’s State Legislation page.
“Ohio Right to Life is frustrated but not surprised that Planned Parenthood and other abortion facilities decided to sue on the Dismemberment Abortion Ban,” said Mike Gonidakis, President of Ohio Right to Life. “ This law, should it go into effect, would prohibit the barbaric dismemberment abortion procedure, in which an abortionist first dilates the woman’s cervix, and then uses steel instruments to dismember the living, unborn baby. It’s hard to imagine how Planned Parenthood could be in support of a procedure which allows living unborn babies to be ripped limb from limb.”
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Gonidakis added, “This horrendous procedure took place over 3,500 times in Ohio in 2017. At what point will the court reject Planned Parenthood’s frivolous lawsuits?”
Laura Hancock, of Cleveland.com quotes the suit which argues “Should the Act be allowed to take effect, Plaintiffs’ patients’ health and access to abortion care will be threatened, and their constitutional rights will be violated.” The suit continues, “Specifically, a ban on D&E procedures imposes an undue burden on women seeking abortions after approximately 15 weeks of pregnancy.”
Attorney General David Yost said his office will “vigorously defend” the Dismemberment Abortion Ban.
LifeNews.com Note: Dave Andrusko is the editor of National Right to Life News and an author and editor of several books on abortion topics. This post originally appeared in his National Right to Life News Today —- an online column on pro-life issues.