Federal appeals court upholds Ohio law that defunds Planned Parenthood

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (WCMH) — A federal appeals court has upheld an anti-abortion law in Ohio that blocks women’s health care provider Planned Parenthood from receiving public money.

The court ruling this week reverses a lower court’s ruling that granted an injunction against the 2016 law barring public funding from entities that perform or promote abortions. Planned Parenthood said that funding has helped provide tests for sexually transmitted diseases, cancer screenings, domestic violence education and efforts to reduce infant mortality.

Ohio’s law was originally passed after an anti-abortion activist released several doctored videos accusing Planned Parenthood of turning a profit by selling fetal tissue. During his time as Attorney General, Gov. Mike DeWine opened an investigation into Planned Parenthood but did not find any evidence that the health care provider was selling fetal tissue. The results of the investigation were released in Dec. 2015.

If Planned Parenthood decides to appeal the latest ruling, the case will be decided by the Supreme Court.

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