COLUMBUS (AP) - Three contentious abortion-related provisions of Ohio's budget violate a constitutional rule holding bills to a single subject, the American Civil Liberties Union argued in a lawsuit filed today.
The lawsuit was filed in Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court on behalf of Preterm, a Cleveland women's health clinic that provides contraception, pregnancy counseling and abortions.
It targets three amendments included in the $62 billion, two-year operating budget passed by lawmakers in June, maintaining they violate the state Constitution's "single subject" rule.
One bans public hospitals from making transfer agreements with abortion clinics. Another requires clinics to present patients with evidence of a fetal heartbeat and other set information before performing an abortion, or face criminal penalties. A third funnels state money to private groups prohibited from mentioning abortion services as part of a "parenting and pregnancy" program.