Predictably, Planned Parenthood sues to block Ohio law banning dangerous telemedicine abortions

By Dave Andrusko

To the surprise of absolutely no one, Planned Parenthood filed still another suit against still another Ohio pro-life law, one which is scheduled to go into effect April 12. 

Senate Bill 260 “will prohibit the use of telemedicine for the purpose of providing abortion-inducing drugs and ensure that those drugs could only be provided in-person by the prescribing physician,” Ohio Right to Life explained. Gov. Mike DeWine signed Senate Bill 260 into law on January 9th. 

In response, the Planned Parenthood Federation of America and two of its Ohio affiliates filed a lawsuit Thursday “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.

Eaton reports the lawsuit “asks the court to immediately issue a temporary restraining order or an injunction to prevent the law’s enforcement and to declare the law violates several sections of the Ohio Constitution by infringing on the rights of patients to equal protection, due process and free choice in health care.”

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.”

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,”  said Mike Gonidakis, president of Ohio Right to Life. 

He added. 

“The signing of the Telemedicine Abortion Ban into law is a victory for life and for women’s safety. No woman should be subjected to a dangerous telemedicine abortion in order to pad Planned Parenthood’s pockets. Pro-Life Ohio will not let the abortion industry continue to treat vulnerable women and children as money-making opportunities. Women and children deserve to be put first. This law is a crucial step towards that end.”