A top pro-life legal expert believes Ohio could win if it appeals a maverick court decision on funding abortion providers.
Ohio passed into law a measure stripping Planned Parenthood of tax dollars, sending that money instead to local and county health facilities that do not perform abortions. But a federal judge as well as the Sixth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals went on to rule against the state.
"The court said that this was retaliation against abortionists for providing a constitutionally protected service -- elective abortion," reports Steven H. Aden of Americans United for Life. "So the federal appeals court has said that there is a constitutional right not only to provide abortion, but also to provide it in a way that it subsidizes elective abortion providers."
But Aden submits that deeming elective abortion a constitutional right requiring government funds is a maverick decision. So Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine has already announced the state will appeal.
"We expect that either the full court of appeals or potentially the Supreme Court would revisit this decision and set it aside," the pro-lifer tells OneNewsNow. "It's bad law, it's a bad decision, and we think that the rights of Ohio taxpayers not to subsidize abortion will be upheld ultimately."
Aden concludes it is definitely a significant case that pro-life organizations, Ohio residents, and the general public will be watching it closely.