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Planned Parenthood Southwest Ohio Region et al., v. Ohio Department of Health, et al.

Location: Ohio
Status: Ongoing
Last Update: May 9, 2024

What's at Stake

The American Civil Liberties Union, the ACLU of Ohio, Planned Parenthood Federation of America, the law firm WilmerHale, and Fanon Rucker of the Cochran Law Firm, on behalf of Planned Parenthood Southwest Ohio Region, Planned Parenthood of Greater Ohio, Preterm-Cleveland, Women’s Med Group Professional Corporation, Dr. Sharon Liner, and Julia Quinn, MSN, BSN, amended a complaint in an existing lawsuit against a ban on telehealth medication abortion services to bring new claims under the Ohio Reproductive Freedom Amendment, including additional challenges to other laws in Ohio that restrict access to medication abortion in the state.

The lawsuit initially challenged a ban on telehealth medication abortion, which remains blocked by the preliminary injunction entered by the court on April 20, 2021. The court already found in issuing a preliminary injunction blocking enforcement of the ban, that telehealth medication abortion services are “safe, effective health care” and a ban will delay and potentially preclude patients from accessing constitutionally protected abortion care.

Plaintiffs have now amended their complaint to include new claims under the Ohio Reproductive Freedom Amendment, challenging a law that prevents advanced practice clinicians — such as physician assistants, nurse practitioners, and certified nurse midwives — from providing medication abortion, and a law that blocks providers from prescribing mifepristone — one of the two drugs most commonly used in a medication abortion — according to the best medical evidence, instead requiring them to follow the outdated drug labeling, which has the effect of restricting medication abortion use to 70 days or 10 weeks of pregnancy, despite extensive evidence that it can safely and effectively be used to terminate a pregnancy through at least 11 weeks.

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