Judge: Clinic suit over Ohio abortion changes can proceed


COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A Cleveland abortion clinic’s legal challenge to restrictions placed into a state budget bill has been allowed to proceed.

An 8th District Ohio Court of Appeals judge in Cuyahoga (ky-uh-HOH’-guh) County on Thursday reversed a trial court’s ruling that Preterm-Cleveland lacked standing to sue the state over abortion-related budget amendments from 2013.

The changes prohibited public hospitals from providing emergency backup under required transfer agreements and required clinics to check for a fetal heartbeat and offer the woman a chance to hear it before conducting an abortion.

Appellate Judge Tim McCormack wrote that the provisions clearly caused injury to Preterm, giving it standing to sue.

He sent the case back to trial court, where Preterm can make its primary legal claim that the amendments violated Ohio’s single-subject rule.

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