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Planned Parenthood, ACLU win temporary halt to requirement that telemedicine not be used to provide abortion-inducing drugs

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Yesterday we posted about the decision handed down by a Hamilton County Judge to temporarily halt the requirement that abortion facilities bury or cremate the remains of aborted babies, ensuring they will not be disposed of as medical waste. The bill was scheduled to take effect on Tuesday.

Not content at thwarting the legislature’s work once, Hamilton County Common Pleas Judge Alison Hatheway “granted a two-week temporary restraining order late Tuesday afternoon that blocks the enforcement of the state’s new telemedicine abortion ban,” according to reporter Laura Hancock.

More specifically, Senate Bill 260—The Telemedicine Abortion Ban—“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,” Ohio Right to Life explained.

Signed into law by Gov. Mike DeWine on January 9, 2021, it was set to go into effect on April 12.

In response, 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.

“The court’s decision allowing Planned Parenthood to ignore Ohio’s critical health and safety standards puts women and babies at risk,” said Mike Gonidakis, President of Ohio Right to Life.”No woman deserves to be subjected to the gruesome process of a chemical abortion potentially hours away from the physician who proscribed her the drugs. Since the chemical abortion pill regimen was first introduced, 24 women have lost their lives due to complications. Planned Parenthood’s prioritization of profits over people is unconscionable.”


Chelsea Garcia is a political writer with a special interest in international relations and social issues. Events surrounding the war in Ukraine and the war in Israel are a major focus for political journalists. But as a former local reporter, she is also interested in national politics.

Chelsea Garcia studied media, communication and political science in Texas, USA, and learned the journalistic trade during an internship at a daily newspaper. In addition to her political writing, she is pursuing a master's degree in multimedia and writing at Texas.

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