Major Ohio Cities, Including Cincinnati, Ask Ohio Supreme Court to Rule in Favor of Lawsuit Stopping Enforcement of Abortion Ban | Ohio News | Cincinnati

Cincinnati and Columbus, joined by Dayton, Toledo and Cleveland Heights, wrote to the state’s highest court asking them to rule in favor of a lawsuit led by Planned Parenthood and the ACLU of Ohio to stop enforcement of abortion restrictions in Ohio.  
Photo: Mary LeBus” class=”uk-display-block uk-position-relative uk-visible-toggle”> click to enlarge Cincinnati and Columbus, along with Dayton, Toledo and Cleveland Heights, wrote to the state supreme court asking it to rule in favor of a lawsuit led by Planned Parenthood and the ACLU of Ohio to stop Ohio's enforcement of abortion restrictions.  - Photo: Maria LeBus

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Cincinnati and Columbus, along with Dayton, Toledo and Cleveland Heights, wrote to the state supreme court asking it to rule in favor of a lawsuit led by Planned Parenthood and the ACLU of Ohio to stop Ohio’s enforcement of abortion restrictions.

Officials in two major Ohio cities say a six-week abortion ban in the state “willfully endangers the health and safety of millions of Ohioans” and therefore the Ohio Supreme Court should terminate it.

The cities, Cincinnati and Columbus, along with Dayton, Toledo and Cleveland Heights, wrote to the state supreme court asking it to rule in favor of a lawsuit led by Planned Parenthood and the ACLU of Ohio to stop Ohio’s enforcement of abortion restrictions. .

“No matter their specific demographics, every Ohio municipality has a duty to uphold the health and safety of these residents,” city leaders stated. in the court document.

Cities are also calling for Senate Bill 23, the law implemented immediately after Roe vs. Wade was struck down by the US Supreme Court, violates its autonomous authority, and “enables and exacerbates domestic violence and sexual abuse” while undermining law enforcement efforts in those areas.

Home rule, permitted by the Ohio Constitution, grants a certain amount of “self-government” in localities that fall under the authority, which officials in Cincinnati, Columbus and Dayton say “sounds hollow when the General Assembly hijacks the ability of Ohioans to make their own health care choices.”

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All three cities exposed contradictions in their municipalities, simultaneously calling themselves “economic powerhouses” while exposing racial disparities and socioeconomic problems in each of the areas.

“(SB 23) impedes the operation of the municipal police, social and emergency services to which our residents dedicate millions of taxpayer dollars,” the court brief indicated.

The abortion law as it stands will not stop abortions, according to the report, but instead will create an “inevitable wave of self-induced abortions” that risk death or serious injury to the pregnant person.

This impacts municipal resources, creating situations in which EMS personnel must respond and perform life-saving procedures when a safer option is available, through surgical abortions in health facilities or medical abortions through a regimen of medication. two pills.

“Decades of evidence is clear: the best way to prevent death and injury through abortion is to provide safe and legal access,” the report states. “By taking this option off the table, SB 23 endangers the lives of our residents and condemns Ohio municipalities to watch the tragedy unfold.”

Municipal police would also be affected, cities referred to court, through incidents of domestic violence and sexual abuse. These incidents can include forced pregnancies, and without options, a pregnant person could find themselves in a dangerous situation.

“The abuser’s logic is sickeningly simple: pregnancy can be used as a form of control,” the cities wrote to the court. “During pregnancy, women face increased health care needs, expenses, and a possible inability to work.”

Police would lose a “crucial avenue of police investigation” into rape victims, as Cincinnati, Columbus and the other cities say forcing those victims out of state or performing secret abortions could seize DNA that could link the violation. the perpetrator out of the picture.

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The municipalities referenced the case of two sisters, ages 10 and 13, in Cleveland, whose biological father was originally arrested, but DNA testing of the aborted fetuses showed the real culprit was the mother’s boyfriend.

“Access to DNA evidence not only helped police identify and arrest a rapist, it also saved an innocent individual from prosecution and possible incarceration,” the cities argued.

With an ever-expanding web of agencies and issues affected by the abortion law, not to mention what the cities called “the sheer moral repugnance of policing pregnancy,” enforcement of the law would create years of constitutional problems and “countless new situations.” where Ohio municipalities can be sued for violations of the rights of our residents.”

“We, the municipalities of Ohio, refuse to be complicit in the General Assembly’s wanton attack on the lives and well-being of Ohio women and families,” the cities wrote. “We will not accept this blood on our hands.”

This story was originally published by the Ohio Capital Journal and is republished here with permission.

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