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The ban deprives the public— including both pregnant people and those who seek to provide them with assistance — of fair notice as to what the law proscribes and infringes upon other constitutional protections, according to the complaint.
The ban exposes NASW’s members, social workers across the State of Ohio, and WHO/O’s Ohio-based staff and volunteers to the risk of criminal prosecution without providing fair notice and in violation of their constitutional rights, according to the complaint.
The lawsuit is asking the court to declare the ordinance is unconstitutional.
It also seeks court costs and attorney’s fees and other relief the court deems appropriate.
On May 25, 2021, Lebanon became the first city in Ohio to adopt the Sanctuary City ordinance. It was adopted as an emergency measure, which meant that it took effect immediately.
Although Mason City Council passed a ban on Oct. 25, 2021, it repealed that ordinance two months later. Similar bans were introduced but rejected in Celina and London.