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Court: Ohio Can Defund Planned Parenthood

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 6th District sided 11-6 with the state of Ohio to end taxpayer funding of Planned Parenthood. According to Judge Jeffrey Sutton, the law to defund America’s number one abortion provider does “not violate a woman’s right to obtain an abortion,” and that the state “has no obligation to pay for a woman’s abortion.”
“Private organizations do not have a constitutional right to obtain governmental funding to support their activities,” Judge Sutton continued. A key provision of the Ohio legislation is that it “does not condition a woman’s access to any of these public health programs on refusing to obtain an abortion.” The decision is a major blow to Planned Parenthood’s stranglehold on public subsidy for abortions. This may also ultimately embolden Congress to revoke the half billion of your tax dollars that end up in their blood-soaked coffers.

Here’s more from Breitbart…

A federal appeals court ruled Tuesday, 11–6, to allow Ohio to end taxpayer funding to Planned Parenthood because the organization performs abortions.

Judge Jeffrey Sutton of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 6th Circuit wrote Ohio’s law to defund the abortion vendor does “not violate a woman’s right to obtain an abortion,” that the state “has no obligation to pay for a woman’s abortion,” and that the law doesn’t impose “undue burden” on a woman’s access to an abortion.

“Private organizations do not have a constitutional right to obtain governmental funding to support their activities,” the judge continued. “The State also may choose not to subsidize constitutionally protected activities.”

The Ohio law “does not condition a woman’s access to any of these public health programs on refusing to obtain an abortion,” Sutton added. “It makes these programs available to every woman, whether she seeks an abortion or not.

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