6th Circuit Allows Ohio to Deny Funds to Planned Parenthood

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 6th Circuit ruled Tuesday that Ohio can deny funds to Planned Parenthood or other entities that perform abortions.

The full appeals court, overturning a decision of a three-member panel of the court, ruled 11-6 that the ban does not pose an undue burden on a woman’s right to an abortion and that Planned Parenthood affiliates do not have a constitutional right to perform abortions. The essence of the ruling is that states have the discretion to decide who gets public funding and there is no right to perform abortions.

Of the 11 judges on the panel, four were hand-selected by Trump, while the six dissenting judges were appointed by Democratic presidents.

The 6th Circuit covers Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio, and Tennessee. Consequently, and happily, the ruling is controlling in Tennessee.

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