Two lower courts ruled Ohio’s law unconstitutional for multiple reasons, including that it was tagged onto the state budget bill, which violates the Ohio Constitution’s single-subject rule; it violated due process protections; and it placed an undue burden on a woman’s right to access an abortion.
The state argues that the courts improperly reviewed the constitutionality of the laws, rather than look at it whether the Ohio Department of Health’s order to revoke the clinic’s license was proper.
In June 2016, the U.S. Supreme Court struck down laws in Texas that required doctors performing abortions maintain admitting privileges at a hospital and clinics meet certain surgical center requirements. The high court decided those mandates placed an unconstitutional undue burden on women seeking abortions.
Capital Care, which is the only abortion clinic in northwest Ohio, argues that the transfer agreements are unnecessary because federal law requires hospitals to treat emergency patients.
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Kellie Copeland, executive director of NARAL Pro-Choice Ohio, said the Ohio Supreme Court should side with the lower courts. “They must reject Kasich’s agenda to strip Ohioans of their reproductive rights. They cannot close the clinics we turn to for care.”
Ohio and Texas are considered key battleground states in abortion policy. Since Ohio Gov. John Kasich took office in January 2011, more than 18 new abortion restrictions have been put in place. With those restrictions, seven of 16 abortion clinics have shut their doors over the past several years.