Pro-life legislation granted en banc review

Tuesday, December 17, 2019
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Chris Woodward (OneNewsNow.com)

pregnancy ultrasoundA federal appeals court will rehear a case out of Ohio challenging a state law that criminalizes aborting babies because of Down syndrome.

The lawsuit was brought by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), the ACLU of Ohio, and Planned Parenthood on behalf of Preterm-Cleveland and other abortion clinics in the state. Elizabeth Watson, staff attorney with the ACLU Reproductive Freedom Project, says these "attacks on abortion access are illegal." Freda Levenson, legal director for the ACLU of Ohio argues, "Women in Ohio and across the nation have the constitutional right to make this deeply personal decision about their own bodies without interference from the State."

Allie Frazier, director of communications at Ohio Right to Life, sees things differently.

"When pro-choice organizations like the ACLU and Planned Parenthood come out and speak against legislation like the Down Syndrome Non-Discrimination Act, it's a bad look," Frazier tells OneNewsNow. "Ending a child's life in a eugenic abortion is fatal discrimination. People know that instinctively, and they don't like it. So I think that this bill is important on so many levels and it is at its core a protection of life."

Frazier

The Cincinnati-based Sixth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals granted a request last Friday to rehear the case after a three-judge panel found the law unconstitutional October 11th.

"We are super excited that Attorney General Dave Yost (R-Ohio) petitioned the court for an en banc review that would include the full panel of judges," cheers Frazier. "The last time we saw this en banc review for one of our pieces of legislation, the court did uphold our legislation, which allowed the state of Ohio to defund Planned Parenthood. So we are hopeful that this is going to be a positive decision."

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