6th Circuit agrees: PP has 'constitutional right' to public monies

Thursday, April 19, 2018
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Charlie Butts (OneNewsNow.com)

gavel brown 620x300The U.S. Supreme Court may be the next stop for Ohio to negate a ruling in a lower federal court that favors Planned Parenthood.

Ohio passed a law that forbids tax dollars to any organization that commits or promotes abortions. It had been slated to go into effect in 2016 – but Planned Parenthood sued the state, arguing that the law violated their constitutional rights by denying them the funds "in retaliation for" providing abortions. State attorneys argued that no entity has a constitutional right to receive public funds.

In the end, that court ruled in favor of Planned Parenthood – and the state then appealed to the Sixth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. On Wednesday, the Sixth Circuit upheld that lower court's decision.

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Jamieson Weaver of Ohio Right to Life spoke with OneNewsNow about the Sixth Circuit's decision. "This is not incredibly surprising ... because the activist judges that we see across the country and in Ohio are saying they'll do pretty much anything to defend abortion on demand," she stated.

But the idea that Planned Parenthood or any non-government organization has a constitutional right to be funded by the government is causing a stir in the Ohio attorney general's office. Weaver is hopeful the fight to defund will continue.

"We know [the ruling] violates the conscience rights of taxpayers in Ohio," she said, "and we trust that our pro-life attorney general, Mike DeWine, will continue to defend this law and fight back against this – and this'll probably go next to the U.S. Supreme Court."

Under the law, Ohio wants to allocate the funds to local health facilities throughout the state that have no connection with the abortion industry – facilities that have far more locations than Planned Parenthood and offer more health services than Planned Parenthood has ever provided.

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