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Ohio Court Temporarily Stops Federal Grant Policy for Abortion Providers

A federal appeals court in Ohio has halted the enforcement of a federal government regulation that allows abortion providers to receive federal family planning funds. The court’s decision comes after state health officials in Ohio complained that the policy was taking money away from them.

Changes to federal policy regarding the provision of abortion services and funding have been made multiple times since 1981. The Biden administration recently implemented rules that permitted groups offering abortion services to receive federal funding again.

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However, this decision was challenged by twelve states with Republican attorneys general. A U.S. District Court judge ruled last year that the Biden administration’s rules could continue while the legal challenge progressed.

Nevertheless, a majority of the three-judge panel from the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals disagreed and overruled this decision, but only with regards to how grants are distributed in Ohio.

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The majority judges, Joan Larsen and Amul Thapar, who were nominated by former President Donald Trump, stated that Ohio was the only state that demonstrated significant harm caused by the policy.

The state’s health department reported a 20% reduction in federal family planning funding under the current policy compared to the regulations that were previously in place.

The judges noted that the decrease in funding was a result of Planned Parenthood of Greater Ohio not applying for funding when referrals were banned, but later reapplying once referrals were allowed. This caused a decrease of $1.8 million in funding awarded to the state’s health department.

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Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost expressed concern that the state’s Planned Parenthood affiliate may need to make adjustments to avoid losing funding. A third judge, Karen Nelson Moore, who was nominated by former President Bill Clinton, dissented from the majority opinion, stating that her colleagues misunderstood the regulations.

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The larger case regarding the federal grant policy remains pending in the court system. The abortion landscape in the United States has significantly changed since the initial filing of the lawsuit. Last year, the Supreme Court overturned the landmark 1973 Roe v. Wade decision, which established a nationwide right to abortion.

Since then, most Republican-controlled states, including those challenging the Biden administration’s policy, have implemented abortion bans or strict restrictions. Ohio, for example, passed a ban on abortions after cardiac activity can be detected, which typically occurs around six weeks into pregnancy.

However, this ban was blocked by a court, and voters in Ohio recently adopted a constitutional amendment guaranteeing the right to abortion.

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