Federal Appeals Court Upholds State Law Defunding Planned Parenthood

Mar 13, 2019

Planned Parenthood officials are voicing outrage against the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Cincinnati's ruling upholding a state law that blocks public funding for the organization. 

The court reversed a lower court ruling that granted an injunction. Planned Parenthood says the funding has helped provide tests for sexually transmitted diseases, cancer screenings, domestic violence education, and efforts to reduce infant mortality. The organization has yet to say if it will appeal. Ohio Public Radio's Jo Ingles has more.

A majority of the 6thCircuit Court of Appeals says the state can cut about $1.5 million dollars a year from Planned Parenthood. That money is meant for family planning, cancer screenings and prevention and treatment of sexually transmitted diseases. The ruling overturns a lower court ruling. Iris Harvey, C.E.O. of Planned Parenthood Advocates of Ohio, says this will hurt low income Ohioans.


“What we are looking at is an attack on people who need health care the most.”


Ohio Right to Life praises the ruling, saying Ohio taxpayers won’t have to worry about funding abortions, something Harvey says isn’t happening in the first place. She says her group is looking at its legal options.