Ohio Judge issues preliminary injunction preventing state’s Telemedicine Abortion Ban from going into effect

By Dave Andrusko

Hamilton County Court of Common Pleas Judge Allison Hatheway

Ohio Right to Life, NRLC’s state affiliate, explains that Ohio’s Telemedicine Abortion Ban will not go into effect, as scheduled, thanks to Hamilton County Court of Common Pleas Judge Allison Hatheway who issued a preliminary injunction yesterday.  Governor Mike DeWine signed Senate Bill 260 into law on January 9, 2021, and it had been set to go into effect on April 12, 2021. 

SB 260 prohibits the use of telemedicine for the purpose of providing abortion-inducing drugs and ensures that those drugs could only be provided in-person by the prescribing physician. 

“We believe that this decision is rooted in politicsnot women’s health or safety,” said Mike Gonidakis, President of Ohio Right to Life. “The state of Ohio has a vested interest in ensuring that Planned Parenthood and their abortion allies cannot skirt common sense safeguards to increase their bottom line. The abortion industry is not above the law and the women of Ohio deserve to be safe.”

Gonidakis added, “We look forward to Attorney General Yost defending this vital pro-life protection in court as the legal progress continues.”

Earlier this month [www.nationalrighttolifenews.org/2021/04/predictably-planned-parenthood-sues-to-block-ohio-law-banning-dangerous-telemedicine-abortions] the Planned Parenthood Federation of America and two of its Ohio affiliates filed a lawsuit “against the Ohio Department of Health and prosecutors in Cuyahoga, Franklin and Hamilton counties to stop enforcement of a state ban on telemedicine abortion that was signed into law earlier this year,” Sabrina Eaton reported.

In a press release, PPFA said, “Medication abortion [chemical abortion] is safe, effective, and a vital part of reproductive health care. Requiring that a patient see a physician in person to obtain the medication for a medication abortion does not improve patient safety, no matter what might be said by legislators who ignore science.”

However, in January, when Gov. DeWine signed the bill into law, Ohio Right to Life noted

The Telemedicine Abortion Ban was introduced in January of 2020. During opponent testimony on SB 260, it came to light that Planned Parenthood had been committing abortions in Ohio using a form of telemedicine for several years. The total number of telemedicine abortions committed in Ohio by Planned Parenthood remains unknown, as they have yet to make the current statistics public.

“Ohio Right to Life is immensely grateful to our governor and our pro-life legislature for their work in ensuring that this much-needed protection became a part of Ohio law,”Gonidakis  said.