State, Planned Parenthood seek delay in Ohio abortion case
Published 10:50 am Wednesday, June 26, 2019
CINCINNATI (AP) — Republican Attorney General Dave Yost has joined Planned Parenthood in asking a federal judge to postpone information-gathering in a legal challenge to Ohio’s law banning a common second-trimester abortion procedure.
In a joint filing Monday, the parties asked U.S. District Judge Michael Barrett in Cincinnati to halt discovery in the Ohio case while a similar Kentucky case is decided.
Both cases challenge laws outlawing dilation and evacuation abortions. A federal judge struck down the Kentucky law as unconstitutional in May. Kentucky is appealing.
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Barrett has blocked part of the Ohio law from taking effect. He forbid the state in April from bringing criminal charges against doctors who perform D&Es under most circumstances until the legal challenge is resolved. Other parts of the law were allowed to proceed.