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Planned Parenthood Sues Ohio Over New Abortion Restriction

Abortion rights advocates protest the Down Syndrome ban on abortions at the Ohio Statehouse in 2017.
Julie Carr Smyth
Associated Press

Planned Parenthood has sued Ohio over a law that bans dilation and evacuation abortions, one of the most common abortion methods.

Former Gov. John Kasich signed the ban last year on the procedure known as D&E, which is commonly used in second-trimester abortions. Similar laws have been rejected by the courts.

Planned Parenthood says the procedure is the safest abortion method after about 15 weeks of pregnancy and the only method provided in outpatient facilities. The lawsuit, which was also brought by the Women's Medical Center of Dayton, was filed Thursday in federal court in Cincinnati.

The lawsuit asks a judge to stop the law from being enforced and to declare it unconstitutional. The law was set to go into effect soon.

Ohio Right To Life, which supported the ban, issued a statement saying it was frustrated but not surprised. The group called the lawsuit "frivolous."

Attorney General David Yost said his office will "vigorously defend" the law's constitutionality.

Jo Ingles is a professional journalist who covers politics and Ohio government for the Ohio Public Radio and Television for the Ohio Public Radio and Television Statehouse News Bureau. She reports on issues of importance to Ohioans including education, legislation, politics, and life and death issues such as capital punishment.