Lawsuits and Bills

May 18, 2018 09:00 AM

The only abortion facility in Toledo, Ohio, has had its license restored and will soon resume committing surgical abortions. Regarding this restoration, Ohio Right to Life president Michael Gonidakis said, “The Health Department has set a dangerous precedent that we fear will continue to put women and their children in harm's way.”

Planned Parenthood and the ACLU of Iowa have filed suit in attempt to stop an Iowa law banning some abortions after six weeks from taking effect. Signed into law by Iowa governor Kim Reynolds on May 4, the law is scheduled to take effect on July 1.

The Louisiana State Senate voted 24-1 on May 16 on SB 181, which will now go to Louisiana governor John Bel Edwards. The bill bans some abortions after 15 weeks. When presenting the bill in the house, Rep. Frank Hoffman, R-West Monroe, said, “Louisiana's been one of the top 'pro-life' states in the country for many years. This bill will help continue that situation.”

The American Civil Liberties Union of Maine filed a lawsuit about three years ago claiming MainCare’s abortion ban was unconstitutional. The defendant—Maine's commissioner of the Department of Health and Human Services—stated that the policy is consistent with federal law. The case has been brought to Maine’s Supreme Court where a hearing began this week.

The 9th US Circuit Court of Appeals upheld a lower court's ruling to permit claims by Planned Parenthood against the Center for Medical Progress to proceed. The Center for Medical Progress released undercover videos in 2015 showing Planned Parenthood workers illegally selling baby body parts and haggling over prices.

A California judge has overturned a state law allowing physicians to prescribe life-ending drugs to terminally ill patients. Judge Daniel Ottolia of the Riverside County Superior Court based his ruling on how the law was passed, namely, during a special session on healthcare funding, which he deemed unconstitutional. Holding his judgment for five days, Judge Ottolia is giving the state time to file an emergency appeal, which Attorney General Xavier Becerra plans to do.



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