After years of Gov. Taft and Ken Blackwell and all the other jackasses who were running the fine state of Ohio, it’s so nice to finally hear good news coming out of the state on a semi-regular basis. From NARAL Ohio:
On Tuesday the Cincinnati Enquirer reported that Governor Strickland is dropping his predecessor’s fight to uphold a dangerous state law that restricts the use of RU-486 for abortions in Ohio.
The law required doctors to use mifepristone — also known as RU-486, or the “abortion pill” — only during the first seven weeks of pregnancy, and only at the dosage of 600 milligrams. But 600 milligrams, it turns out, is much too much — three times the necessary dose, according to NARAL.
This requirement of increased dosages of RU-486 would have made this abortion option out of the reach of thousands of low-income women who could no longer afford the costs of the medication.
The law was written by Rep. Tom Brinkman, R-Cincinnati, whom Ohio’s Chronicle-Telegram described as “an avowed abortion opponent” who, in 2004, said he feared that “women’s clinics are just passing these things out like candy.”
Strickland’s support, however, doesn’t mean the legal battle is over, as the Ohio Attorney General’s Office has vowed to continue to support the bill.
After the bill’s initial passage in 2004, various Ohio Planned Parenthood chapters and doctors filed a complaint challenging the constitutionality of the bill on the grounds it lacks a constitutionally- mandated exception for cases where off-label use is necessary to save a woman’s health or life, it is unconstitutionally vague, it violates a patient’s right to bodily integrity and it imposes an undue burden on a patient’s right to choose an abortion. After moving back and forth through Ohio’s lower and appellate courts, a federal appeals court voided the law last September. But, according to the Columbus Dispatch,
Although he voted against it as a state senator, Attorney General Marc Dann found himself in the position yesterday of defending a state law that restricts the use of a pill that causes women to abort their fetuses. … Dann said he voted against restrictions on the drug but concluded that the law adopted by the General Assembly and signed by former Gov. Bob Taft was clear.