Sixth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals Rules Ohio Law Defunding Planned Parenthood is Constitutional

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE       CONTACT: Jamieson Gordon
DATE: Tuesday, March 12, 2019     PHONE: 614-547-0099 ext. 304

COLUMBUS, Ohio--Today, the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals released their en banc decision in the case Planned Parenthood of Greater Ohio; Planned Parenthood of Southwest Ohio Region vs. Richard Hodges. This case was heard by the entire slate of judges, who decided 11-6 that the Ohio Right to Life promoted law to defund Planned Parenthood is constitutional.

The following statement may be attributed to Michael Gonidakis, president of Ohio Right to Life:

The 6th Circuit ruled that no corporation has a Constitutional right to our tax dollars and they got this right! Ohio Right to Life is absolutely thrilled that Planned Parenthood will not get any more of our state tax dollars. Thanks to this very encouraging decision, Ohioans of conscience won't have to worry about whether their tax dollars are going towards abortions. Ohio Right to Life worked tirelessly to enact this law and we are grateful that the federal appellate court agrees with our strategy. We're thankful for the leadership of former Representatives Margy Conditt and Bill Patmon, who sponsored this bill in the Ohio House.

Founded in 1967, Ohio Right to Life, with more than 45 chapters and local affiliates, is Ohio's oldest and largest grassroots pro-life organization. Recognized as the flagship of the pro-life movement in Ohio, ORTL works through legislation and education to promote and defend innocent human life from conception to natural death.

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To read a copy of the decision, click here.


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  • Sharon Howard
    commented 2019-03-12 17:17:46 -0400
    This is wonderful news in protecting the unborn and newborn. Holy Father, Almighty God, please let nothing stand in the way of this decision. In Christ’s name, amen.
  • Dr. Jeff Koloze
    commented 2019-03-12 14:46:13 -0400
    Congratulations to Ohio Right to Life for its work making sure that our taxes won’t be used to promote or fund abortion, which harms mothers, kills unborn children, and alienates fathers.

    Obstructionist Democrats, go ahead and challenge this to the US Supreme Court.

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